Italy begins mission to help Libya curb migrant flows
An Italian patrol boat entered Libyan waters and headed towards the port of Tripoli within minutes of a vote in Italy's parliament authorizing the deployment. A second vessel was expected to join it in the coming days.
Italy announced the operation last week, saying it had been requested by Libya's U.N.-backed government.
It initially hoped to send six ships into Libyan territorial waters, but the plans had to be scaled back following protests from Tripoli. ■