File: Migrants on board an overcrowded inflatable boat are intercepted by the Libyan coastguard | Photo: Hani Amara/Reuters
File: Migrants on board an overcrowded inflatable boat are intercepted by the Libyan coastguard | Photo: Hani Amara/Reuters

The bodies of four children have been found washed ashore west of Tripoli. Aid workers say they were on a migrant boat that sank on the high sea on Wednesday.

The bodies of four children aged between five and 10 were discovered by rescue workers on the seashore west of the Libyan capital Tripoli on Wednesday.

According to the Libyan Red Crescent, the children had been on a boat that had sunk that day.

"We were informed (Wednesday) of a boat that was sinking on the high sea with 30 people on board" in the Zawiya area, the Red Crescent's Hassan Mokhtar al-Bey told the AFP news agency. 

He said rescue workers discovered three of the bodies near Zawiya, around 45 kilometers from Tripoli, and the fourth a few kilometers further west. 

The fate of the other passengers, their nationalities and where they had departed from were still unknown, he said.

Blankets, including those for a baby, lay on rocks near where the bodies were found, according to an AFP correspondent.

Al-Bey said his rescue workers were likely to find more corpses.

The bodies of the four children were taken to the Zawiya morgue, he said.  

High rate of shipwrecks

Libya is a key embarkation point for migrants, mostly from sub-Saharan Africa, who try to reach Europe via the highly dangerous Central Mediterranean route.

There have been at least nine shipwrecks in the Central Mediterranean since October 1. On October 29 at least 140 people died after their boat capsized off the Senegalese coast.

Last month, a major shipwreck claimed the lives of at least 74 migrants off the coast of Khums in Libya.

With AFP

 

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