Europe defense ministers to discuss military force against migrant boats

Five European defense ministers are to discuss military action to halt human trafficking to their shores and stem the flow of migrants from North Africa’s coastal waters.

Defense ministers from France, Germany, Poland, Italy and Spain are to meet Sunday on the sidelines of the events commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Lorient in western France to discuss ways to counter what they refer to as a new threat to Europe that has so far left thousands dead, AFP reported.

Following a number of the deadliest migrant shipwrecks ever witnessed in the Mediterranean so far this year, the ministers “will examine possible options for European (military) action,” the French Defense Ministry said.

The most controversial option due to be discussed during the meeting will be the destruction by military force of the boats used by human traffickers before they are loaded with migrants for a risky journey to European shores.

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