The EU naval and air operation to help enforce the UN arms embargo on Libya kicked off, just a week after the member states agreed to form this operation in Munich.
The initiative has been in the works for weeks, but saw significant opposition from Italy, Austria and Hungary, concerned the ships would be a "pull factor" for migrants, who would seek to get "rescued" in order to reach Europe. The workaround involves positioning the ships in lanes further away from Tripoli and where there is little migrant activity. However, EU foreign policy head Borrell added they would stop the mission if this began to draw migrants.
The EU previously maintained a Libya operation Sophia, in order to combat human trafficking. This however, is no longer active.
Expert Jalel Harchaoui suggests this is unlikely to have much effect, which is perhaps why Turkey has not condemned it too vocally.