Red Crescent Libya said bodies of at least 27 Europe-bound refugees, including a baby and two women, were found late Saturday in two separate locations in the coastal town of Khoms, western Libya.
“The bodies’ advanced state of decomposition indicates that the shipwreck happened several days ago,” a security official said, adding the number could rise.
The refugees likely drowned in recent shipwrecks off Libya, a key departure point for African and Asian migrants making desperate attempts to reach Europe.
According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), about 1,500 refugees have drowned in numerous boat mishaps and shipwrecks in the Central Mediterranean route this year.
Early this month, more than 160 migrants drowned in two separate shipwrecks off the North African country, IOM reported.
Migrants fleeing poverty and civil in Africa and the Middle East often endure horrific conditions in Libya before embarking on risky voyages northwards on overcrowded, often unseaworthy vessels that frequently sink or get into trouble through the Mediterranean Sea.
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