At least 17 bodies were found after a boat sank in the Mediterranean off the coast of Libya, the Libyan Red Crescent confirmed, with no further details on the incident.
The bodies were found on the coast of the city of Zauiya, one of the main departure points for boats carrying migrants trying to end the journey to the European coasts, according to the newspaper “The Libya Observer”.
Over the course of Saturday, a boat sank off the coast of the African country, an event that resulted in at least two deaths and 40 missing people, without any confirmation for the time being whether the bodies found are connected to the event.
Likewise, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), around 550 migrants were returned to Libya on Sunday after being intercepted in several boats in the Mediterranean while trying to reach European coasts.
According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), around 1,360 migrants have died or been reported missing while trying to reach European shores this year. Similarly, around 50,850 migrants were intercepted at sea, while around 66,320 managed to complete the voyage and reach Europe.