Middle East

Sixteen migrant bodies washed up in western Libya: Red Crescent

A member of the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms stands near a life boat carrying the bodies of 29 refugees and migrants, who died on a rubber boat north of Libya while crossing the Mediterranean Sea on October 5, 2016. AFP / ARIS MESSINIS

TRIPOLI: The bodies of 16 migrants have washed up on shore at the western Libyan city of Zuwara, a Red Crescent spokesman said Sunday.

Al-Khamis al-Bosaifi said the bodies, which were recovered Saturday, were all men who appeared to be from sub-Saharan Africa. "The bodies are decomposed and we have no idea when they drowned," he said.

Libya is a common departure point for migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe. They travel in ill-equipped boats that often break down or sink.

More than 3,740 migrant deaths have been recorded this year in the central Mediterranean, most of them on the route between Italy and Libya.

 

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