The bodies of 87 African migrants have washed ashore in the Libyan city of Zawiya, in the latest drowning tragedy to hit the region. It is believed they were trying to cross the Mediterranean to Italy.
Migrant deaths have risen to record levels along this smuggling route in recent months. A torn rubber boat was found nearby, and it is feared more bodies may surface as such vessels usually carry up to 120 people.
Some of those who died are believed to be children. A spokesman for the Libyan Red Crescent – the country’s Red Cross – said the bodies were retrieved by its workers(BBC,2017).