operation sophia

Operation Irini ships are to be deployed off the eastern coast of Libya, where most weapons from Turkey arrive. File photo from 2 May, 2017 | Photo: picture-alliance/German Ministry of Defence
Rescuers help migrants on a raft at sea | Photo: Reuters/MSF/Hannah Wallace Bowman
From file: Migrants arriving on Kos, Greece in 2017 | Photo: Picture-alliance/empics/J.Brady
Sebastian Kurz and Angela Merkel | Photo: Reuters/H.Hanschke
Operation Sophia's German frigate 'Sachsen' | Photo: Picture.alliance/dpa/M.Assanimoghaddam
European Operation Sophia has been rescuing fewer migrants since its ships were halted | Credit: Picture-alliance/dpa/G.Lami
European operation Sophia has been rescuing fewer migrants since its ships were halted | Photo: Picture-alliance/dpa/G.Lami
New defense minister Lorenzo Guerini after the swearing-in ceremony in Rome on September 5, 2019 | Photo: ANSA/Fabio Frustaci
The Ocean Viking is run by the SOS Mediterranee charity and Doctors Without Borders (MSF) | PHOTO: picture-alliance/dpa/S. Friedel
The Belgian Navy frigate Louise-Marie arrives at the wharf on her return from the European Union 'Operation Sophia' mission in the Mediterranean Sea in Zeebrugge, Belgium | Photo: EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ
In the photo, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini | Photo: ANSA/RAFFAELE VERDERESE
Migrants in Italy | Photo: Picture Alliance / dpa / C. Fusco