UPDATED: 27 Bodies Recovered from Shore in Latest Tragedy off Libya

Some 27 bodies believed to be those of sub-saharan African migrants were recovered from the shores of Zliten, a coastal town about 150kms east of the Libyan capital, Tripoli on Saturday.

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They are the latest victims of a particularly deadly month which has seen volunteers from the Libya Red Crescent recover more than 100 bodies from four areas along a stretch of around 120kms near the capital, Tripoli.

The likeliness is that the real death toll is much higher.”Take the group recovered on Saturday, we found 27 bodies but we know that migrants rarely travel in such small groups. Normally there would be 70 people or more on a boat. But not all the bodies end up on the shore, so we’ll never know,” an LRC volunteer told Migrant Report.

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The bodies in Zliten were recovered on Saturday, and taken to the morgue at the Tripoli Medical Centre for forensic incestigations. In the previous week, the LRC recovered another 13 bodies, including those of two women and a child from sites closer to the capital. They are believed to be from the same tragedy.

Libya’s coastal towns recieve dozens of bodies every month, however, most tragedies normally took place west of the capital this year with no such large-scale accident reported this far east of Tripoli.

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