Libya finds 29 bodies of apparent migrants on beach

Red Crescent workers prepare to carry the lifeless body of a migrant, off the shore of Gasr Garabulli, in the eastern city of Tripoli, Libya, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015. Red Crescent collected the bodies of six people including an infant.

The bodies of 29 people thought to be migrants have been discovered on beaches around a city 160 kilometres (100 miles) east of Tripoli, the Red Crescent said.

“Local residents told us about bodies on the beaches around Zliten,” spokesman Mohamed al-Misrati said. “We discovered 25 bodies, then another four.”

Misrati did not give any further details about the nationality of the deceased, but the Tripoli authorities’ official news agency reported that they were from Africa.

The Red Crescent was expecting to recover several more bodies this Sunday, the press agency quoted Misrati as saying.

The North African country, with its 1,770 kilometres of poorly patrolled coastline, is a popular jumping off point for migrants seeking to reach Europe.

The most popular destination is the Italian island of Lampedusa, barely 300 kilometres away.


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