Libyan Red Crescent says bodies of 95 migrants washed ashore
5 October 2015, Nirapad News: A spokesman for Libya’s Red Crescent says the bodies of at least 95 migrants have been found washed ashore over the past five days.
Mohamed al-Masrati says Red Crescent scouts found 85 of the corpses near Libya’s capital Tripoli and 10 near Sabartha, a Libyan coastal city that is a main launching point for smugglers’ boats headed to Europe. He says most of the deceased are migrants from other African countries and search efforts continue.
Thousands of migrants seeking a better life in Europe cast off from Libya on rickety boats, hoping to reach Italy. The International Organization for Migration says that more than 2,600 migrants have died in 2015 so far on the Central Mediterranean route that includes Libya.
Libya’s smugglers have benefited from the chaos engulfing the country.