Tragedy struck yesterday, February 20th, as around 74 African migrants drowned after human smugglers intercepted them at sea and stole the motor of their boat at gunpoint, leaving them to their fate. Bodies of the migrants, who were trying to reach Italy, washed up on a beach in the northwestern coastal city of Zawiya, around 60km to the west of Tripoli.
Initial figure put the dead at 45, however, the Libya Red Crescent, that confirmed the tragic incident says it has recovered 74 bodies from the shore.
Red Crescent spokesman Mohammed al-Mistrati told Associated Press that the bodies were found Monday morning and that he expected more to appear.
Flavio Di Giacomo, a spokesman for the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the UN Migration Agency, said their rubber boat departed from the western city of Sabratha on Saturday with 110 people aboard.