The bodies of 20 people have found missing in the Libyan desert. Rescuers believe they died for want of drinking water in the desert.
A report by Qatar-based Al Jazeera on Wednesday night (June 29) revealed this information.
A truck driver traveling through the desert saw the bodies last Tuesday (June 26th).
- They later rescued about 320 kilometers (196 miles) southwest of Kufra and 120 kilometers (64 miles) from the Chad border.
- Kufra Ambulance chief Ibrahim Belhasan said by phone on Wednesday, “The driver was missing…
- and we think the group died in the desert about 14 days ago,
- after the last call on a mobile phone on June 13.
- Two of the bodies are Libyans and the others thought to be migrants from Chad.
Summer temperatures in this part of Libya are regularly above 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit).
The ambulance service has released a video on Facebook. The video shows decaying corpses in the desert sand near a pickup truck.
Libya’s longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi has ousted and assassinated since a NATO-backed uprising in 2011.
💨And since then, Libya has emerged as an
important transit point for people fleeing war and poverty in parts of Africa and the Middle East.
Immigrants try to reach Europe by crossing dangerous routes across the desert and the
💨Mediterranean, mainly in the hope of a better life.
But many died while crossing this dangerous route including the Sahara desert.
According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the UN’s migration agency,
at least 1,500 refugees drowned in a series of boat accidents and shipwrecks on the Mediterranean last year.🔱