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Wednesday, 07 October 2015 - 12:25
Operation launched by EU to seize migrant smugglers' boats
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The EU is beginning a new operation to intercept boats smuggling migrants across the southern Mediterranean.

Under Operation Sophia, naval vessels will be able to board, search, seize and divert vessels suspected of being used for human trafficking.

Until now the EU has focused on surveillance and rescue operations.

So far this year, more than 130k migrants and refugees have crossed to Europe from the North African coast.

More than 2,700 have drowned.

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