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12 Bodies of Migrants Washed Ashore off Libya’s Coast, Officials

The Libyan coast guards on Friday said 12 decomposed bodies of illegal migrants were washed ashore off the coast of Garabulli just nearly 75 km east the capital Tripoli.

According to Libyan coast guards official Abdullatif Al-Munser said, "The migrants were heading to the Italian island of Lampedusa,"

He also said the bodies were almost decomposed completely, indicating the boat carrying them sank several days ago.

Libya has been preferred as a point of departure for migrants to cross the Mediterranean towards Europe, many of whom drown on the way.

However, the French Defense Minister said on Thursday that nearly 800,000 migrants are waiting in Libya targeting European shores.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees estimates that almost 100,000 migrants have crossed the Mediterranean in 2016 so far.

By Robert Muriisa.

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