Training Libya coastguard can help cut migrant deaths: EU mission head

By Isla Binnie
Training Libya’s coastguard to stop people smugglers and rescue boat migrants could help save many lives and avoid incidents in which Libyan officials have behaved too aggressively, the head of the European Union’s Mediterranean mission said on Wednesday.
The Sophia mission, which aims to combat the criminal gangs that pack the migrants into boats making the perilous crossing from Libya to Europe, started training 78 Libyan coastguard officials on Oct. 26. The training will run for 14 weeks.
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