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Italy, Libya agree on sea patrols

Immigration pact aimed at stopping boat disasters

08 October, 19:04
Italy, Libya agree on sea patrols (ANSA) - Rome, October 8 - Italy reached a pact Tuesday with the Libyan coast guard to enhance sea patrols in the hopes of halting the kinds of desperate migrant crossings that end tragically.

The pact comes just days after a shipwreck off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa.

More than 300 are feared dead and 155 survived last Thursday morning's wreck.

The new arrangement will involve patrol boats donated by Italy to Libya for sea patrols, as well as enhanced training.