Libyan army of­fi­cial dis­closes iden­ti­ties of 13 Egyp­tian mi­grant bod­ies


The Daily News Egypt - - Politics -

The iden­ti­ties of thir­teen Egyp­tian mi­grants whose bod­ies were found in Libya were re­vealed Fri­day night. Ahmed Al-Mis­mari, spokesper­son for the Libyan Na­tional Army, pub­lished to his Face­book pho­tos of their passports.

“Mil­i­tary pa­trols dis­cov­ered the bod­ies in south­west­ern Tubruk,” Al Mis­mari said.

Arab me­dia web­sites cited a state­ment by the Libyan Red Cres­cent that, to­gether with se­cu­rity forces, they re­trieved on Thurs­day the 13 bod­ies from Al Jagh­bub Oa­sis of south­ern Tubruk and buried them in the desert. Me­dia re­ports said the bod­ies were de­com­posed.

Many of the de­ceased mi­grants were young peas­ants who came from Minya, ac­cord­ing to pub­lished pho­tos of their passports and na­tional IDs. The in­ci­dent was first re­ported by Al-Mis­mary on Tues­day, where an ini­tial num­ber of 16 bod­ies were dis­cov­ered, sec­ond­ing the dis­cov­ery of dozens of Egyp­tian mi­grants’ bod­ies in the Libyan desert two months ago.

Un­usu­ally, the Egyp­tian For­eign Af­fairs Min­istry has re­mained silent on both in­stances. Back in July, rel­a­tives of the de­ceased voiced their in­abil­ity to re­trieve the bod­ies or to ob­tain de­tails on what hap­pened.

The min­istry had re­peat­edly warned Egyp­tians against trav­el­ing to Libya over the past three years, cit­ing dan­ger­ous cir­cum­stances, which also in­cluded kid­nap­pings and mur­ders, but mi­grants con­tinue to il­le­gally at­tempt to cross into Libya.

Many of the de­ceased mi­grants were young peas­ants who came from Minya

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