Bodies of at least 27 migrants washed up in Libya: Red Crescent | Migration news

The bodies of the migrants, including a baby and two women, were found late Saturday in two separate locations in a coastal town.

The bodies of at least 27 migrants bound for Europe have stranded in western Libya, the country’s Red Crescent has said – the latest tragedy on the world’s deadliest migration route.

The bodies of the migrants, including a baby and two women, were found on Saturday evening in two separate locations in the coastal town of Khoms, about 90 km (55 miles) from Tripoli, the Red Crescent branch said there.

Three other migrants were rescued and search efforts are underway for others, he said.

“The advanced state of decomposition of the bodies indicates that the sinking occurred several days ago,” a security official told AFP news agency, adding that the death toll could rise.

Images released by Libyan media showed corpses lined up along the shore and then placed in body bags.

The dead migrants have likely drowned in the recent shipwrecks off Libya, a key starting point for African and Asian migrants desperately trying to reach Europe.

About 1,500 migrants have drowned in numerous boat accidents and shipwrecks on the route through the central Mediterranean this year, according to the United Nations Migration Agency.

Migrants often endure horrific conditions in Libya before embarking north on overcrowded and often unfit ships that frequently sink or are in trouble.

The latest tragedy comes just days after 160 migrants were killed in a week in similar incidents, bringing the total number of lives lost this year to 1,500, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

IOM says more than 30,000 migrants were intercepted during the same period and returned to Libya.

The European Union has worked closely with the Libyan Coast Guard to reduce the number of migrants arriving on European shores.

Upon their return, many face further horrific abuse in detention centers.

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