Libya: 87 Refugee Bodies Wash Up on Beach

Libya: 87 Refugee Bodies Wash Up on BeachLibya: 87 Refugee Bodies Wash Up on Beach

The number of bodies of refugees recovered on a Libyan beach since the weekend has risen to 87, according to a media official from the coastal city of Sabratha.

The bodies began washing up on the city’s beach west of Tripoli on Friday, Al Jazeera reports.

On Saturday, 41 bodies were found by a group of volunteers trained by the city council and sent to a morgue for DNA testing before being buried.

The rest were found over the weekend, the official, who did not wish to be identified, said on Monday.

Irregular migration from Libya booms in the summer months when the Mediterranean Sea is generally calm and traffickers pack unsafe boats with people desperate to start a new life in Europe.

People smugglers have taken advantage of the chaos gripping Libya since the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed former leader Muammar Gaddafi to boost their lucrative business.

They cram refugees into boats that are small and unsafe for the perilous journey to Italy just 300 km from Libya’s shores.

According to the International Organization for Migration, at least 3,034 refugees and migrants have died in the Mediterranean this year.