Refugee crisis sees 74 migrant bodies washed up on Libyan coast

Published February 21st, 2017 - 03:00 GMT
A record 5,079 people died in 2016 during the journey to Europe. (AFP/File)
A record 5,079 people died in 2016 during the journey to Europe. (AFP/File)

The bodies of 74 migrants washed ashore in Libya, in the north-western city of Zawiya, a spokesman of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said Tuesday.

The bodies were found by the Libyan Red Crescent on Monday in Zawiya, the spokesman said.

Pictures on IFRC's Twitter account showed the bodies lined up along the shore covered in white and black bags.

The circumstances of the migrants' deaths were not immediately clear.

"This latest reported incident highlights the continued risk faced by people migrating along this route, and the commitment that the Red Crescent has to providing assistance to the living, and dignity to those who lose their lives on the journey," Stephen Ryan of IFRC told dpa.

A record 5,079 people died in 2016 during the journey to Europe, many in crossings to Italy from Egypt or Libya, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Earlier in February, IOM reported that 258 people died while attempting this crossing.

 

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