An EU naval mission, "Operation Sophia," is aimed at cracking down on people smugglers. But the ships that take part also rescue refugees on the high seas - more than 12,000 so far. Our reporter meets an officer cadet on board a German ship.
A Bundeswehr vessel has rescued 102 migrants off the coast of Libya. In a dramatic few days of rescue missions, a further 50 migrants were airlifted after being stranded in the Aegean Sea between Turkey and Greece.
An EU naval mission, "Operation Sophia," is aimed at cracking down on people smugglers. But the ships that take part also rescue refugees on the high seas -- more than 12,000 so far.
Europe is divided over the refugee crisis and there is no unified approach in response, says Sebastian Bruns. According to the security expert, a joint naval aid unit could provide an opportunity.
German aid group Sea-Eye has announced it will suspend migrant rescue operations in the Mediterranean. The announcement comes a day after Doctors Without Borders (MSF) took a similar decision citing security concerns.
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