62 bodies of migrants sank off Libyan coast – Red Crescent

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) —  Libyan Red Crescent teams on Friday recovered the bodies of 62 migrants whose boat sank Thursday off the coast east of Tripoli.

“Our teams have recovered 62 bodies of migrants from yesterday evening until this afternoon,” Abdel Moneim Abu Sabia, head of the exhumation team in the Red Crescent, told AFP.

“The bodies are still floating on the beach continuously, and can not be counted the total number,” he added, adding that “the process will continue on Friday evening and perhaps tomorrow (Saturday) to complete the recovery of the bodies of migrants.”

A source in the municipal council of the five said that the local authorities had collected the bodies in a temporary place, until they were buried later.

“Legal procedures in addition to locating the burial place impede the speedy burial of the bodies of migrants,” he said.

A boat carrying 250 migrants sank north of the coastal city of Khamis, 120 kilometers east of Tripoli, on Thursday, killing 115 migrants and rescuing 143 others, one of them said.

Before the drowning incident on Thursday, the UNHCR and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said at least 426 people had drowned while attempting to cross the Mediterranean since the beginning of the year.

Despite its chaos, Libya remains an important transit point for migrants fleeing from other parts of Africa and the Middle East, seeking jobs in Libya or heading to Europe.

Humanitarian organizations condemn the situation in camps for the detention of migrants in Libya, and some migrants are subjected to torture, forced labor, sexual exploitation and other forms of ill-treatment.

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