Horror: Bodies of dozens of ‘abandoned’ migrants washed ashore in Libya


The bodies of at least 74 migrants have been washed ashore in western Libya, in the latest tragedy along the dangerous trafficking route to Europe.

The Libyan Red Crescent posted photos of dozens of bodies in black and white bags lined up along the shore near the western city of Zawiya.

A spokesman for the aid organisation said there were still bodies floating out at sea as the agency had no way of retrieving them.

He said the migrants were all adults, mostly from sub-Saharan African countries, and all but three were men.

A torn rubber dinghy that normally carries 120 people was found nearby.

The UN migration agency, the International Organisation of Migration (IOM), said the dinghy had set off on Saturday with 110 people on board.

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