Migrants’ bodies recovered from desert
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