The EU is set to launch a naval mission on Monday against gangs smuggling migrants from Libya but it will be limited to intelligence-gathering for now because of a lack of U.N. authority or Libyan consent. The operation is part of a stepped-up European response to a wave of thousands of people from Africa and the Middle East making the dangerous crossing from Libya to Europe. Many have drowned in the Mediterranean, including around 800 killed in a shipwreck in April. Diplomats said that EU foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg on Monday are expected to agree to launch the mission, but will authorize only a first phase using ships and planes to gather intelligence about the migrant traffickers' activities in international waters.
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