Four children's corpses recovered after shipwreck off Libya

Washed up onto beach near Zawiya

18 December, 11:48

    (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, DECEMBER 18 - The Libyan Red Crescent's rescue teams recovered on Wednesday the bodies of four children after a boat carrying 30 illegal immigrants capsized off the Libyan coast, The Libya Observer reported Thursday. ''The Red Crescent said the children were Egyptian and their bodies washed up off Harsha and Matrad shores near Al-Zawiya city,'' it noted.

    The Libyan news agency quoted a Red Crescent official as saying that ''they were informed of a boat that was sinking on the high sea with 30 people on board, adding that rescue workers discovered three of the bodies near Al-Zawiya, around 45 kilometres (just under 30 miles) from Tripoli, and the fourth a few kilometres further west.'' ''The Libyan Red Crescent official, Hassan Al-Bay, said the four children and their families (from Egypt) were headed to Italy on a boat, saying the families were living in Sabratha in western Libya,'' the website reported. ''He said they were notified that two Egyptian families living in Sabratha were missing, including a five-year-old girl and three boys between seven and ten.'' All the corpses recovered have been taken to the morgue of the Al-Rahma hospital in Zawiya for official procedures and prior to their burial, Migrant Rescue Watch reported on Twitter. (ANSA).

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