Over 70 dead refugees wash ashore in Zawiya: Red Crescent
Feb.21, Tripoli: At least 74 bodies of refugees have washed ashore in the western city of Zawiya on the Mediterranean Sea, Libya's Red Crescent has said.
Red Crescent spokesman Mohammed al-Misrati told the AP news agency that the bodies washed ashore on Tuesday morning. He said the circumstances involving the drownings were not clear yet.
Red Crescent posted on its Twitter account photographs of dozens of bodies in white and black body bags, lined up along the shore.
Misrati also said that local authorities will take the bodies to a cemetery in the capital, Tripoli, that is allocated for unidentified persons.
Earlier this month, European Union leaders agreed on a controversial new plan to help stem the flow of refugees from the North African country.
Under the new plan, the bloc would provide Libya's government with funds to increase efforts to stop refugee boats from crossing territorial waters, and to "break the business model" of traffickers who helped 181,000 refugees enter the EU through Libya and Italy last year, media reprots said.
The Oslo Times International News Network