Bodies of more than 70 African migrants wash up on coast of Libya

At least 74 bodies of African migrants have washed ashore in western Libya, the Libyan Red Crescent said on Tuesday, the latest tragedy at sea along a perilous but increasingly popular trafficking route to Europe.The bodies were found near the western Libyan city of Zawiya on Monday, Red Crescent spokesman Mohammed al-Misrati told The Associated Press, adding that he feared more might surface. He said a torn rubber boat, the kind that usually carry up to 120 people, was found nearby.The Red Crescent’s branch in Zawiya said there are bodies still floating out at sea but it has no means to retrieve them.The International Organisation of Migration said the traffickers took the engine and left the boat to drift. Another 12 migrants remain missing and are “presumed drowned,” and a sole survivor was transferred to a hospital in a coma, the U.N. migration agency said on Twitter.The Red Crescent posted photographs of dozens of bodies in white and black bags, lined up along the shore. Al-Misrati said the bodies would be taken to a cemetery for unidentified people in the capital, Tripoli. The Red Crescent appealed for help on Facebook, saying there are no vehicles to transport the bodies.

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