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    Libya Cannot Cope With Migrant Flow as 'NATO Destroyed Coastguard Ships'

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    The Libya’s coastguard lacks essential equipment and technical resources to control the flow of undocumented migrants to Europe by sea, a Libyan Navy spokesman said Wednesday.

    CAIRO (Sputnik) — The coastguard used to be equipped with modern ships but they were destroyed during NATO's military operations, Col. Ayub Kassem told RIA Novosti.

    “Our capacities are in such a condition, that any similar guard service would stop functioning if it was in our position. We possess only small boats, of which the majority of them are made of rubber,” he said.

    Libya has been in a state of turmoil since 2011, when an Arab Spring uprising had led to a civil war and the overthrow of long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi. NATO, along with several Arab countries, participated in military operations against Gaddafi's forces.

    The naval officer said that the international community cites the political situation in the country as justification for providing the Libyan Navy with much needed aid, however, such organizations as Libya's Central Bank and the National Oil Corporation do continue to receive external financial assistance.

    Kassem also criticized the European Union for its poor attempts to tackle the unregulated migration across the Mediterranean and for putting pressure on Libya on issues related to the refugee crisis instead of dealing with the root causes of the problem.

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