74 dead migrants wash ashore on Libyan beach from boat with no engine

February 21, 2017 | By | Reply More

Dead bodies of 74 migrants have been found washed up on a beach near the western Libyan city of Zawiya, a Red Crescent spokesperson said on Tuesday.

beachMohamed al-Misrati spokesperson said the bodies had been recovered on Monday and that the migrants appeared to have died during the past two days. Adult migrants mostly They from sub-Saharan African countries, and all but three were men, he said.

The Libyan Red Crescent published pictures of the bodies laid out in white and black body bags along the beach.

The main departure point for migrants from Libya hoping to reach Europe by sea. They generally attempt the crossing in flimsy inflatable craft loaded with small amounts of fuel which are intended to get them only as far as European rescue vessels stationed in international waters.

The deadly departure takes place from the stretch of Libyan coast between Tripoli and the Tunisian border to the west. The bodies of those who drown are frequently found washed up on Libyan shores.

Last year a record 181,000 migrants crossed between Libya and Italy. More than 4,500 are known to have died.

This month European leaders offered Libya money and other assistance to try to reduce the numbers departing across the Mediterranean. Aid groups criticided the move, saying such plans exposed migrants to further risks and abuses within Libya.

Press journalist for HRO media – Ignacio Damigo reports.

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