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  • Updated: April 25, 2023

Libya: Bodies Of Migrants Washed Ashore Following Boat Mishap

Libya: Bodies Of Migrants Washed Ashore Following Boat Misha

Body Of Illegal Migrants Washed Ashore Off The Coast Of Western Libya.

The bodies of 34 illegal migrants who drowned while trying to reach Europe have been recovered from the coast of western Libya in five days, the Libyan Red Crescent (LRC) said on Monday.

"For the second consecutive day, after the report of the sinking of a boat of migrants near the coast of Sabratha (west), 11 bodies were recovered and handed over to the authorities of the city, bringing the total number of bodies recovered to 34," the LRC said in a statement. 

Six bodies were discovered on the shores of Sabratha on Wednesday, 70 kilometres west of Tripoli's capital, and 17 more on Sunday, according to the LRC.

Pictures shared showed LRC volunteers transferring bodies into ambulances while carrying them in black bags.

A security source in the city told AFP that "an inflatable boat carrying dozens of migrants flipped over not far from the coast of Sabratha on Wednesday," predicting that "the number of casualties could increase."

This source continued, "In this kind of incident, the chances of survival are slim, especially since no call for assistance has been made."

An inflatable boat with about 100 people on board was sinking off the coast of Libya, according to the NGO Alarm Phone, a group of volunteers who operate a hotline for migrants in need. On Wednesday, they claimed to have received a distress call from migrants on board the boat.

The NGO asserted that it made vain attempts to get in touch with "the alleged Libyan coast guard."

Tens of thousands of migrants from sub-Saharan Africa, Arab nations, and South Asia prefer to travel through Libya to travel to Europe via the Italian coast due to the chaos that followed the fall of Muammar Gaddafi's regime in 2011.

NGOs frequently criticise Libya for its treatment of migrants.

The number of deadly clandestine crossing attempts from neighbouring Tunisia is also rising.

31 bodies of sub-Saharan migrants were discovered "decomposing and washed up on the shore," the Tunisian coast guard reported on Monday. After their boats capsized off the coast of Tunisia recently, dozens of migrants went missing.

Five migrants from sub-Saharan Africa also perished in two separate shipwrecks off Tunisia on Monday, according to the authorities.

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