Italian civilians are on board vessels escorted by marines and over-flown by drones as the Italian embassy in Tripoli is closed. The Foreign Office has been advising all Italians to leave Libya since 1 February. These last should arrive in Sicily early tomorrow. At the same time at least 10 large vessels loaded with migrants are off the island of Lampedusa calling for rescue from the Italian coast guard and other marine resources. The leader of the Lega Nord is demanding that they should be monitored, supplied with food and water but not permitted to land. It is known that migrants have jihadisti among them.
The Christian churches in various Libyan cities are under attack and many of their clerics have refused to abandon their faithful.
Jihadisti forces have over-run areas in major Libyan cities, including Sirte, demanding submission to their rule. In Italy Matteo Renzi, supported by Opposition leader Silvio Berlusconi and by other political leaders is calling for an immediate armed response to the threat to Italy and its interests only 200 miles from the European coast. Jihadi are naming the Italians Crusaders.