More than 100 bodies were recovered off the coast of Libya after a boat carrying migrants capsized on Thursday, the Libyan Navy said on Friday. The bodies were pulled out of the water in the city of Zuwarah.
The death toll is likely to increase as vessels carrying migrants usually pack around 125 people, Col. Ayoub Gassim has told the Associated Press. The empty boat, which was found on Thursday, may have capsized on Wednesday, he added. The bodies were of people mostly from the sub-Saharan region, he said.
It had been reported earlier that 85 bodies â€” including that of two children â€” were found on the shores of Zuwarah. All their bodies were decomposed, making it unclear when they drowned, a Red Crescent official was quoted as saying by the Guardian.
Another boat carrying hundreds of migrants had capsized off Crete Islands on Friday, killing four people. As many as 340 people were rescued and many are feared missing.