Libya’s rival (Islamist) government says would ‘confront’ EU attacks on traffickers

Over 200 illegal migrants invaders cram into a boat as they are shipped to the Italian mainland after being rescued by Italian Guardia di Finanza boat ‘Denaro’ in the Mediterranean Sea on Wednesday Alessandro Di Meo/EPA

(Reuters) – The group controlling Libya’s coastal capital Tripoli said it would “confront” any unilateral European Union moves to attack sites used by people-traffickers, urging the bloc to consult it over plans to deal with an migration invasion crisis.

Muhammed el-Ghirani, foreign minister of the group that is a rival to Libya’s internationally-recognized government, said it had repeatedly offered to help deal with migrants invaders leaving its shores, but its proposals had been rebuffed.

His comments, made in an interview with the Times of Malta published on Thursday, underlined the challenges facing EU ministers meeting in Brussels to find ways to stem the numbers (of invaders) risking their lives traveling from Libya, a country mired in political chaos…