The British defense ministry announced joining a new frigate “Richmond” to the European naval mission for fighting people smugglers in the Mediterranean Off-Libya.
The British defense minister, Michael Fallon, expressed that the addition of the navy ship to the European patrols in the Mediterranean is considered a key step for seizing boats involved in people smuggling.
The ship hosts connection officers from the European border agency, Frontex, to present legal advice to its crew, and collect and preserve evidence against suspected boats, according to the statement.
Such step came after United Nations Security Council issued resolution 2240 on October 9th that allows member states of Frontex to inspect boats to arrest smugglers Off-Libyan coasts.
Illegal migration has been exacerbating along Libyan shores as people smugglers use Libyan shores as launching pad for, mostly, African migrants who try to find a better life to European shores.
Thousands of bodies were found along the Libyan shore during the past year.
Last Saturday, 29 bodies were found ashore near the Zliten port, while other 14 were found on Sunday near the port of Khoms, AFP reported.
Spokesperson of the Red Crescent, Mohamed Al-Misrati said that locals reported the discovery of human bodies on shores near the city of Zliten, to the east of Tripoli.
Misrati did not uncover the nationality of the migrants who are thought to be asylum seekers, but they are thought to be African according to what Tripoli’s news agency reported.
On Wednesday, six bodies, including two women and a child, were discovered on the beach of Guarabouli town.
Libya has 1,770 kilometers of poorly guarded sea boarders. The most popular destination is the Italian island of Lampedusa, barely 300 kilometers away.
In Greece, at least two children and a woman drowned on Sunday when their boat sank off the island of Lesbos, the coastguard said. Bodies were found by forces of the European border agency, Frontex.
Around a dozen others, mostly Afghans, are still missing after the rickety vessel, carrying 60 people, went down at dawn while crossing from Turkey, according to the Greek coastguard.
The International Organization for Migration said on Friday that a record of 48,000 asylum seekers arrived this week in Greece from Turkey despite worsening weather.