Twelve bodies of migrants found off Libyan coast
A member of the Libyan Red Crescent takes notes next to the body of a migrant on the beach in Qasr al-Garabulli, west of Tripoli, on March 20, 2016. (AFP/Stringer)
Libyan coast guards said 12 decomposed bodies of illegal migrants were washed ashore on Friday off the coast of Garabulli, nearly 75 km east the capital Tripoli.
"The migrants were heading to the Italian island of Lampedusa," Libyan coast guards official Abdullatif Al-Munser said.
He said the bodies were almost decomposed completely, indicating the boat carrying them sank several days ago.
Libya is a preferred point of departure for migrants to cross the Mediterranean towards Europe, many of whom drown on the way.
French Defense Minister said on Thursday that nearly 800,000 migrants may be waiting in Libya waiting to reach European shores.
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees estimates that almost 100,000 refugees migrants have crossed the Mediterranean in 2016 so far.