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Op Irini enforcing Libyan arms embargo

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In its two years of operation to date the European Union (EU) Naval Force (NavFor) Mediterranean Operation Irini investigated over 6 200 ships, conducted 250...

Stopping arms reaching Libya – Op Irini at work

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“Another day, another inspection” could well be what the men and women detached to the European Union (EU) Operation Irini in the Mediterranean Sea...

New flagship for Op Irini

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Italian Navy warship San Giorgio completed her operational tour as flagship for Operation EUNavFor Med Irini and returned to her homeport Brindisi after more...

Migrant deaths rise on both Africa/Europe routes

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Migrant deaths on dangerous sea routes to Europe, in particular across the Mediterranean, soared in the first six months of the year. At least 1...

Op Irini extended for a further year

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The EU maritime intervention to stop arms illegally reaching strife-torn Libya will continue for another year thanks to a UN Security Council authorisation. The vote...

Irini Mediterranean inspections top the two thousand mark

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Operation Irini, the EU tasking enforcing a UN arms embargo on Libya, investigated over 2 000 vessels in its first 11 months on the Mediterranean...

2020 good for Op Irini

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Formed just ahead of the coronavirus pandemic making itself felt across the world, the EU naval operation in the Mediterranean to enforce a UN...

Full steam ahead for Op Irini

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Hundreds of vessels and dozens of flights were investigated by Operation EUNavFor Med Irini in four months monitoring sea, air and land possible illicit...

Suspected Libya arms embargo buster boarded by Op Irini

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The EU Naval Force (EU NavFor) tasking in the Mediterranean, Operation Irini, conducted what is believed to be its first inspection of a vessel...

Call for more Mediterranean search and rescue capability

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UN agencies want search and rescue stepped up in the central Mediterranean in the wake of a shipwreck that claimed the lives of 45...

Erdogan says Turkey ‘will not back down’ in east Med standoff

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President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday Turkey will not back down to threats of sanctions nor to incursions on its claimed territory in the...

Pushbacks of Mediterranean migrant boats ring alarm bells

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Restrictions against humanitarians rescuing migrant boats in the central Mediterranean put lives at risk and must be lifted immediately the UN human rights office...

Operation Sea Guardian resumes in eastern Mediterranean

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The Turkish corvette Buyukada left Aksaz port as flagship to NATO’s Operation Sea Guardian focused patrols late last month. Under the command of Captain...

Med migrant death toll tops thousand mark

More than 1 000 migrants died in the Mediterranean Sea this year, the sixth year in a row that “bleak milestone” has been reached,...

Hundred plus die in Mediterranean shipwreck

About 115 people are missing feared drowned and another 134 were rescued by Libyan coast guards and local fishermen after a wooden boat carrying...

Rights groups blast EU for downgrading Mediterranean migrant mission

International rights advocates criticised the European Union for abdicating humanitarian responsibilities after the bloc agreed to withdraw ships patrolling the Mediterranean for migrants attempting...

EU to scale down maritime migrant missions

The European Union will cease maritime patrols that have rescued thousands of migrants making the perilous Mediterranean Sea crossing from North Africa to Europe,...

Migrants drown in Med shipwreck

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At least 34 migrants died in a shipwreck in the western Mediterranean, which 26 people survived, the UN migration agency said, citing...

Bodies wash up on beach

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The bodies of 21 people thought to be migrants trying to reach Spain washed up on the shores of the Mediterranean, the...

Refugee numbers down, fatalities up – UNHCR

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The number of refugees and migrants reaching Europe is diminishing, but the fatality rate has risen dramatically, a new report from the...

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