Photo provided by German Bundeswehr May 9, 2015 shows German soldiers wearing protective gear giving bottles with waters to a rescued migrant during an operation on Friday, May 8, 2015 in the Mediterranean Sea. (Bundeswehr/Sascha Jonack via AP)
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The European Union is seeking a U.N. Security Council resolution within days to let its members hunt down human traffickers in the Mediterranean and destroy their boats, a senior EU official said Tuesday.A U.N. resolution would broaden that restriction to allow for more boats being destroyed.With a U.N. resolution in hand, the EU ministers could give formal approval for the operation to go ahead and it would probably be announced by EU leaders at a Brussels summit in late June.Around 185,000 asylum-seekers were granted protection status in the EU last year -- a 50 percent rise over 2013, according to new figures released Tuesday by the EU's statistical agency.
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