Bodies of 74 migrants wash up on Libya beach: Red Crescent

February 22, 2017

The bodies of 74 migrants who drowned in the Mediterranean trying to reach Europe have washed up on a beach west of Tripoli, the Red Crescent said on Tuesday. 

Residents of the village of Harcha, outside Zawiya, 45km from Tripoli, alerted the emergency services after finding a wrecked boat on the beach with bodies inside, the Red Crescent said.

More were discovered elsewhere on the beach and still more were feared to be in the sea.

The International Organization for Migration said the boat was reported to have foundered on Sunday, leaving as many as 100 people dead. “Traffickers reportedly stole the engine and left it to drift,” the agency said.