Libya recovers 20 bodies from the desert

Recovered bodies of migrants lie in bags in the area between Kufra city and Chadian border with Libya [Reuters]

20 bodies have been recovered by Libyan rescue services in the desert near the border with Chad, local Ean Libya outlet reports.

According to the report, the deceased were believed to have been migrants and were found around a black pick-up truck about 320 kilometres (200 miles) south-west of Kufra.

In a statement, the Libyan service said, “They all died of thirst.”

“The driver got lost … and we believe the group died in the desert about 14 days ago, since the last call on a mobile phone there was on 13 June,” Kufra ambulance chief, Ibrahim Belhasan, told the Reuters news agency.

According to the Missing Migrants Project which documents deaths and disappearances of people attempting to migrate, 24,234 people have gone missing since 2014 in the Mediterranean alone.

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