EU to arrest people traffickers on high seas

An EU operation against migrant traffickers in the Mediterranean which will allow for arrests in international waters will begin on October 7, the bloc’s foreign affairs chief said Thursday.

The political decision has been taken, the assets are ready,” Federica Mogherini said at the Rome headquarters of the European Union’s military operation, dubbed EUNAVFOR MED.

The EU recently approved the use of military force against migrant traffickers, including the seizure of vessels used to ship people across the Mediterranean, many of which set off from Libya.

During the new phase, European warships will be used against traffickers on the condition they remain within international waters and do not stray into Libyan territory, Mogherini said.

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