Footage posted to a Facebook page attributed to the national coastguard shows a people-smuggling vessel being destroyed on the Mediterranean by the naval unit.
In the clip, scores of rescued refugees look on as the grey rubber dinghy they had been travelling in is set ablaze.
As the people are transferred back to land, thick plumes of black smoke rise into the air, potentially sending a message to those seeking to make the same perilous journey.
‘Jumping off point’
Around €46 million in EU funding has been poured into boosting the capacities of Libyan border patrols. In July, the EU said the money would be largely used in “strengthening” the coastguard of the civil war-hit nation.
The financial assistance came in the same month as a UN report saying Libya was a preferred “jumping off point” for migrants and refugees attempting to reach Europe.
According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, more than 181,000 people travelled from Libya to Italy in 2016.
Since receiving EU assistance, the coastguard has been embroiled in a number of controversies, including an accusation that its personnel threatened to shoot aid workers on board a ship chartered by NGO Proactiva Open Arms.
Medecins Sans Frontieres also accused the Libyan coastguard of “endangering people’s lives”.
In May, MSF worker Annemarie Loof spoke out about how armed coastguard personnel sparked panic at sea when they confiscated the belongings of refugees.
“Two Libyan coastguards, wearing uniforms and armed, stepped onto one of the rubber boats. They took phones, money and other belongings from the passengers,” she said.
“People became panicked and felt threatened. The passengers were terrified from the aggressive conduct of the Libyan coastguards. Many passengers… jumped off the boats into the sea in fear. Our teams pulled 67 people out of the water as gunshots were fired in the air.”
So we are to feel sorry for the invaders. The fake refugees along with the smugglers are nothing more than criminals. Do not let the names of the NGO’s fool you (Doctors Without Borders, etc). They are nothing more than tools of the globalists who wish to destroy both our culture and our homelands. They are involved in criminal activities. When you break the law….what typically happens….you have become a target for the authorities. In this situation The Libyan Coastguard. I say to the Coastguard….please carry on with your duties.