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Libyan Red Cresent Recovers 4 Dead Bodies Of Migrants

Libyan Red Crescent recovery crews on Thursday retrieved the bodies of four people off a beach near Sabratha, 70km (43 miles) west of Tripoli, as desperate migrants continue to attempt fatal sea crossings to access Europe.

The head of the recovery team, Mohamed Al-Manobi, said the bodies that had washed up onto the shore were initially reported to police on Tuesday and were investigated by prosecutors and a forensic doctor before his team were called in.

Al-Manobi noted that the recovery team has been carrying out recovery operations since 2014, despite operating in "many tough circumstances".

The team works without health insurance is made up of young individuals who carry out the work voluntarily, he stated.

The United Nations' migration agency said 75 migrants drowned in the Mediterranean Sea north of Libya earlier this week as they sought to reach Italy by boat.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) claimed that 15 survivors were rescued by fishermen and transported to the port of Zuwara in northwestern Libya on Saturday.

Each year, thousands of migrants and refugees from Africa, the Middle East and South Asia attempt the fatal Mediterranean Sea passage to Europe on overcrowded and frequently unseaworthy boats.

More than 1,300 men, women and children have perished so far in 2021 trying to cross the Central Mediterranean from Libya and Tunisia to Italy and Malta, according to IOM.

Human rights groups often criticize European governments for not doing enough to rescue migrants trying to reach the continent on unseaworthy vessels.

European rescue efforts led by Italy in the central Mediterranean were scaled back a few years ago and more focus was placed on training and equipping the Libyan coast guard to intercept migrant boats before they can reach European waters.

Critics say Europe is turning a blind eye to human rights abuses in Libyan detention centres for migrants.

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