African migrants rescued from a ship off the coast of Zawiyah, about 45 kilometres west of the Libyan capital Tripoli, disembark at the dock at the capital's naval base on March 10, 2018. / AFP / MAHMUD TURKIA
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The European Union wants to rapidly expand training of Libyan coastguards to stem migrant flows to Italy and reduce deaths at sea, an EU naval mission said Thursday, signaling a renewed push to support a force struggling to patrol its own coasts.Despite growing help from the EU and Italy, Libya's coastguard has continued to be accused by European charities of operating recklessly during rescues and putting migrants' lives at risk -- accusations the coastguard routinely denies.Rear Admiral Enrico Credendino, the chief of the EU naval mission in the Mediterranean, said his Operation Sophia hopes to train 300-500 personnel by the end of the year.
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