Italy bribing militias?

Rome refuses to comment on claims that millions of dollars have changed hands, as migrant arrivals in Italy plummet

Italy accused of bribing Libyan militias to stop migrants reaching Europe

Francesca Mannocchi

ZAWIYA, Libya – Until recently, the shores of Zawiya, west of Tripoli, were the crossroads for much of Libya’s human trafficking.

But over the last few weeks, such trade has come to a standstill.

Arrivals to Italy from North Africa have declined by more than half from last year’s figures, with Reuters reporting on Monday that an armed group was preventing migrant boats from embarking from Zawiya.

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