Tripoli The bodies of thirteen migrants who died of suffocation have been recovered from a shipping and delivery container in western Libya, the Purple Crescent claimed on Thursday.
The migrants look to have been locked in the container for numerous days as it was transported to the coast at Khoms, wherever they were to attempt to cross the Mediterranean toward Europe, the Purple Crescent claimed in a assertion.
Fifty-6 migrants were rescued from the container, some suffering from really serious injuries and fractures, the assertion claimed.
Libya has turn out to be the key gateway for migrants striving to cross the Mediterranean to Europe. A document 181,000 migrants achieved Italy along the route very last yr.
Inside Libya, migrant smugglers run with impunity, and migrants are subjected to a vast vary of abuses, which includes rape, torture and compelled labor.
Earlier this week the bodies of 74 migrants were observed on the shore around Zawiya, west of Tripoli. The area coastguard claimed smugglers experienced stolen the engine from their boat.
(Crafting by Aidan Lewis modifying by Richard Lough)