85 dead mi­grants found washed up in Libya

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

The bod­ies of 85 mi­grants have been found washed up on the coast of Libya, a ma­jor de­par­ture point for the sea cross­ing to Europe, the Red Cres­cent said Mon­day.

Since Tues­day, vol­un­teers have re­cov­ered dozens of bod­ies of mi­grants in an ad­vanced stage of de­com­po­si­tion on beaches near the cap­i­tal, spokesman Mo­hamed al-Mis­rati said.

They found 75 bod­ies around Tripoli and another 10 in Sabratah, 70 kilo­me­ters to the west, he said.

The Libyan coast­guard said it had also res­cued 212 mi­grants from two over­loaded rub­ber dinghies off the Libyan coast.

“We were in­formed of the pres­ence of two large zo­di­acs off the coast of Garab­ulli” 60 kilo­me­ters east of Tripoli, a coast­guard of­fi­cer told AFP.

He said that 22 women were among the res­cued mi­grants, who were of dif­fer­ent na­tion­al­i­ties in­clud­ing many Sene­galese and Su­danese.

Libya, with a coast­line of 1,770 kilo­me­ters, has for years been a step­ping stone for Africans bound for Europe.

Most head for Italy’s Lampe­dusa is­land which is 300 kilo­me­ters from Libya.

AP

In this Sun­day, Oct. 4 photo, a Libyan Coast Guard dinghy helps Red Cres­cent work­ers re­cover bod­ies, east of Tripoli, Libya.

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