Bodies of 24 migrants wash up near Tripoli

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TMP – 12/07/2017

The bodies of 24 migrants who died while attempting to cross the Mediterranean to Europe have washed ashore in the Libyan capital, Tripoli.

The Libyan Red Crescent announced the horrific find. “We began recovering bodies after receiving reports from the Libyan coastguard,” said Red Crescent member Hossam Nasr.

“The total number of bodies recovered is 24, it was difficult because of the terrain” he added.

The toll was expected to increase since flimsy boats smuggling migrants to Europe often carry more than 100 people at a time.

On the same day the Libyan coast guard rescued 147 people, including 19 women and four children, about 13 kilometres away from the western city of Sabrata.

Coast Guard spokesman general Ayoub Qassem said the majority of the 147 rescued migrants aboard a crammed boat came from Cameroon, Sudan, Senegal and Mali.

According to the International Organization for Migration, more than 72,000 migrants arrived in Italy from Libya so far in 2017, and more than 2,000 have died at sea attempting the journey.