Dozens of migrants drown off Libya

A Red Crescent spokesman said Tuesday, that the corpses of 74 Migrants were discovered washed up on a West Libyan beach close to the city of Zawiya.

Spokesperson Mohamed al-Misrati said the bodies had been recovered on Monday and that the migrants appeared to have died during the past two days.

More than 5,000 people drowned attempting to cross the Mediterranean from North Africa to Europe last year, according to the United Nations, making 2016 the deadliest year on record.

"A boat was found", the spokesman said, adding that "there is a possibility" that there "are other bodies" in the sea as the boat "could accommodate between 100 and 120 migrants".

The aid agency posted on its Twitter account photographs of dozens of black and white body bags lined up along the shore. The IOM said this latest discovery of bodies has brought the 2017 death toll up to more than 365.

"We don't have an appropriate vehicle to transport the bodies or a cemetery for unidentified bodies to bury them in", the group said. He criticized as unsustainable Europe's efforts to reduce the number of people who pay smugglers for a spot in a flimsy dinghy boat headed for Europe.

No longer do people-smugglers carry refugees to the Italian coast and then return home to Libya for another consignment.

The European Union has plans to halt the tide by training the Libyan coast guard and stepping up co-operation with neighbouring Algeria, Tunisia and Egypt.

The turmoil engulfing Libya has become a death trap for thousands of migrants, a lot of them from sub-Saharan African countries, seeking to escape poverty and find a better life in Europe.

Libya was plunged into turmoil by the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi, and has since emerged as a popular, if extremely unsafe, route to Europe for those fleeing poverty and civil war elsewhere in Africa.

The tragedy is believed to be the worst since around 180 people were estimated to have died on Jan 14 when a migrant boat capsized off the coast of Libya. "They have really a serious situation here and it's very important to solve their humanitarian problem", he said.

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