Bodies of 74 migrants found on west Libyan shore - Red Crescent

The Libyan Red Crescent has said it recovered the bodies of 74 people who washed ashore on Tuesday near Zawiya on Libya's northern coast. Most migrants are escaping poverty, unemployment and climate change in sub-Saharan African and hoping to find a better life in Europe.

The rescue team are still working to recover bodies inside Mediterranean sea one of the rescue team told media.

The agency said traffickers deliberately took the engines from the boat and then abandoned it to drift.

Authorities believe they were trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to reach Europe. The typical method of transport for the passage are fragile inflatable vessels carrying just enough fuel to get to global waters patrolled by European rescue ships.

A ripped rubber boat was found nearby, Al-Misrati said, adding that more bodies are expected to wash up on shore in the coming days.

The Red Crescent posted photographs on its Twitter account showing dozens of body bags along the shore. Some of the images showed a semi-deflated grey rubber boat of the kind typically provided by migrant smugglers, with wooden boards inserted to reinforce the floor, pulled up half-way onto the beach close by.

Some bodies were still inside the boat.

Sabratha is a launching point for many immigrants' boats but the trip from Sabratha to Italy is among the most risky crossings of the Mediterranean Sea, the news website Middle East Eye reported.

He said: "We don't know the exact time the boat capsized but the boat did not totally sink".

Ryan said statistics from the IOM indicate the number of migrants crossing between Libya and Europe is on the rise.

Typically, people try to cross the Mediterranean in the warmer months between April and October.

These EU plans will exacerbate the arrests and detention of migrants in Libya and increase their exposure to severe human rights abuses.

The European leaders supported the Libyan government from Tripoli and suggested a tighter collaboration with the African countries.

  • Jon Douglas