Libyan Coast Guards Shoot at Migrant Boats

“Migrant boat ‘shot at’ as it left Libya,” from BBC:

Migrants who survived when their boat capsized in the Mediterranean say they were were shot at as they left Libya.

One survivor told the BBC that people on the boat were shot, and that bullet holes caused the boat to start sinking.

At least 33 people died in the incident, a week after more than 350 migrants died in another shipwreck off the Italian island of Lampedusa.

Italy said on Sunday that it would step up naval and air patrols in an effort to prevent further sinkings.

The joint navy and air force operation would begin on Monday, Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta said.

Defence Minister Mario Mauro said Italy intended to triple its presence in the southern Mediterranean.

That had become necessary “in part by the fact that Libya is currently a ‘non-state’,” he told Italian newspaper Avvenire…

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