Mi­grants’ bod­ies re­cov­ered from desert

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BENG­HAZI: Libyan aid work­ers had re­cov­ered the bod­ies of 19 mi­grants be­lieved to be Egyp­tians in Libya’s east­ern desert, a Red Cres­cent spokesman said yes­ter­day.

The mi­grants ap­peared to have been smug­gled into Libya by foot, and died due to the heat and hunger, said Khaled al-Raqi, a Red Cres­cent spokesper­son in the east Libyan city of To­bruk.

They were found on Satur­day more than 400km south of To­bruk, in the Jagh­boub desert, Raqi said. Seven of the mi­grants were iden­ti­fied from iden­tity cards, and the rest were thought to be Egyp­tian from their ap­pear­ance, he said.

Egyp­tian mi­grants have tried to cross to Europe from the African coast, par­tic­u­larly from Libya, although boats have also in­creas­ingly departed from Egypt. – Reuters

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