Bodies of 16 migrants found on Libya-Egypt border

Photo: Red Crescent workers, last July, recovering the bodies of migrants near Tobruk, in Libya’s eastern desert. Image source: Red Crescent

TMP –  28/09/2017

Earlier this month, Libyan security forces found the bodies of 16 migrants in the desert near Libya’s border with Egypt. The bodies of the migrants were found about 310km southwest of the coastal city of Tobruk.

Libyan Red Crescent spokesperson Fatima al-Obaidy said that 13 of the migrants were Egyptians from the provinces of Minya, Assiut, Sohag, Ismailia, Fayoum and Dakahlia.

The Red Crescent team and Libyan Army who recovered the bodies are certain the migrants died long before their bodies were discovered.  Identification papers and the passports of the migrants were found on the decomposed bodies.

Similar incidents have taken place in the last two months. In early July, aid workers recovered the bodies migrants who were smuggled into Libya by foot and were either killed or died after being abandoned by smugglers in Libya’s eastern desert. A total of 48 Egyptian migrants are thought to have died in this incident, however somebodies were so badly decomposed the majority could not be identified.

Smugglers often abandon migrants either to avoid arrest by security forces or when their vehicles break down in the middle of the desert.