Amnesty International criticised the EU's decision to train Libyan coastguards in a report released on Thursday. A double-edged sword, the migrants risk death at sea, or human rights abuses if they are returned to Libya.
The Italian government is struggling to deal with the massive influx of migrants from Africa. Threatening to close off its ports is one way the desperate government is calling on EU states to share the growing burden.
Italy has threatened to prevent vessels sailing under foreign flags from disembarking migrants rescued in the Mediterranean in its ports, saying it was struggling to cope with the crisis.
The lifeless body of a baby not more than a year old was pulled from the water in a week which reportedly saw 700 refugees drown while attempting to reach Europe
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