- Title: Libya fishermen find 28 dead migrants in boat offshore - official
- Date: 18th April 2017
- Summary: SABRATHA, LIBYA (APRIL 18, 2017) (REUTERS) TRUCKS DRIVING CARRYING BODIES IN PLASTIC BAGS VARIOUS OF STATIONARY TRUCK CARRYING BODIES IN PLASTIC BAGS
- Embargoed: 2nd May 2017 19:06
- Keywords: refugees migrants Mediterranean Sea boat sinking capsize
- Location: SABRATHA, LIBYA
- City: SABRATHA, LIBYA
- Country: Libya
- Topics: Disaster/Accidents,Sea Accidents
- Reuters ID: LVA0016CXGE2V
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES
Libyan fishermen found the bodies of 28 migrants who appeared to have died of thirst and hunger after their boat broke down off the coast of Sabratha city, a ministry of interior official said on Tuesday (April 18).
Since Libya fell into chaos after Muammar Gaddafi's fall in 2011, the North African country has become the main departure point for migrants hoping to reach Europe by sea. More than 150,000 have made the crossing to Italy annually over the past three years.
The 28 migrants, including four women, were found after sunset by the fishermen, who towed the vessel to shore, Interior Ministry security unit commander Ahmaida Khalifa Amsalam told Reuters. The victims were buried together in a cemetery for illegal migrants, he said.
Smugglers often pack migrants in flimsy inflatable dinghies, dispatching them to sea to get picked up by rescue ships and other vessels once they reach international waters. Some are intercepted and turned back by the Libyan coastguard.
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