Photographs have emerged of the bodies of babies and toddlers washed up on a beach in Libya, highlighting the human tragedy of the migration crisis on Europe’s borders. According to one of the charities that posted the photos on Twitter, the children had been travelling with their parents on one of the many dinghies that set off from Libya in recent days. Mario Draghi, the Italian prime minister, said: “Images of bodies of babies and toddlers washed up on a beach in Libya are unacceptable.” Their publication came as he met the French president, Emmanuel Macron, in Brussels to discuss the management of migrant arrivals and the prospects for stabilisation in Libya and central Africa with the help of reinforced French-Italian cooperation. Thousands of people have departed Libya for the coast of Europe in recent weeks as people-smugglers take advantage of calm seas to launch dozens of boats.
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