A series of shortcuts undertaken by the Italian government in Libya to stop migration flows in recent months has had serious repercussions. The origin of the battle can be traced back to the summer, when Italy allegedly started paying militias to halt human smuggling. Libya has been a fractured state since the 2011 civil war that overthrew Moammar Gadhafi. “Pushed by the EU and Italy, the GNA in Tripoli granted legitimacy to Brigade 48 and al-Ammu. Italy is set for parliamentary elections in 2018, and immigration is the leading issue for the nation.
Source: Libya Today October 20, 2017 19:07 UTC