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Italy hands over four patrol boats to Libya

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Image result for Italy hands over four patrol boats to LibyaItaly has given the Libyan coast guard four patrol boats to beef up the country’s ability to stop people smuggling.

Italian Interior Minister, Marco Miniti who was in Tripoli for the hand-over ceremony, says another 6 patrol boats would be delivered in the coming weeks.

But Libyan officials say they need far more equipment than the vessels being delivered by Italy, none of which is new.

Smugglers in Libya have packed thousands of migrants attempting to reach Europe onto unsafe boats over the past 4 years.

Thousands have died trying to make the crossing.

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