“‘Mother ship’ traffickers arrested off Libya,” from AFP (reposted by Al-Jazeera)
The Italian navy has arrested 16 human traffickers aboard a so-called “mother ship” in international waters off Libya.
The ship was located some 500 kilometres southeast of Sicily, near Libya, the navy said on Sunday.
Submarine surveillance ahead of Saturday’s raid was “of particular importance, notably for gathering proof” against the traffickers, the navy said in a statement.
The fishing boat served as a staging area from which the traffickers dispatched their clients — Syrian migrants seeking asylum or a better life — aboard smaller, often rickety vessels to destinations in southern Europe…