“Libyan coastguardlacks boats, helicopters, to fight migration,” from the Times of Malta.com:
When Libyan coastguard officer Ashraf El-Badri needs to dispatch a boat to stop illegal migrants heading for Europe, his options are limited – ask the oil ministry for a tug, use an ageing fishing boat or board an inflatable.
European governments are counting on officials like Badri to stop an influx of hopeful migrants from setting off from Libya’s shores to reach Italy and Malta.
But more than two years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi, the country’s coastguard is just not up to the task.
The force does not have radar or a single helicopter, or even adequate gear for the officers who go out to sea in small inflatables – the kind of boat sometimes used for fun rafting trips in other parts of the world.
“Smugglers have guns, equipment and they often open fire,” said Badri, who heads the coastguard in the capital Tripoli…