EU votes to protect Somali aid

Extension ensures protection for World Food Programme.

EU votes to keep protecting aid to Somalia from pirates

European council extends counter-piracy patrols for two years to secure humanitarian aid shipments to Somalia from the UN’s World Food Programme

Counter-piracy naval patrols to protect shipments of humanitarian aid forSomalia will continue for two years amid severe hunger in the Horn of Africa.

The European council voted last week to extend the EU naval force’s Operation Atalanta until December 2016, saying its main focus is to protect shipments from the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) that pass through pirate waters on the way to Somalia.

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