The lifeless bodies of no less than 28 illegal migrants who appeared to have died of thirst and hunger after their boat broke down off the coast of Sabratha city, have been found by fishermen in Libya.
While speaking to Reuters, the Interior Ministry security unit commander, Ahmaida Khalifa Amsalam said the 28 migrants, including four women, were found after sunset by the fishermen who towed the vessel to shore.
“Their boat stopped in the middle of the water because the engine was broken,” he said. He did not give details on any of the nationalities but many illegal migrants are from sub-Saharan Africa.
Amsalam also revealed that the victims were buried together in a cemetery for illegal migrants, he said.
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.
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