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74 Migrant Bodies Wash Ashore in Libya as Smugglers' Tactics Get 'More Disastrous'

Last year, a record 181,000 migrants made the crossing from Libya to Italy

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    74 Migrant Bodies Wash Ashore in Libya as Smugglers' Tactics Get 'More Disastrous'
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    Volunteers with the Libyan Red Crescent helped recover the bodies of 74 migrants that washed ashore near Zawiya, Libya, the IFRC MENA said Feb. 21, 2017.

    Dozens of migrants have died in the Mediterranean Sea, the latest victims of the perilous route, NBC News reported.

    Seventy-four bodies washed ashore in Libya, seen in photographs posted to Twitter by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Tuesday.

    Migrants generally attempt crossing from Libya to Italy in flimsy inflatable boats loaded with small amounts of fuel, intended to get within reach of European rescue vessels in international waters. Last year, a record 181,000 migrants made the crossing.

    Libyan coast guard spokesman Ayoub Gassim said more than 500 migrants were rescued at sea on Friday and Saturday. He said smugglers are starting to use larger rubber boats to pack in more migrants.

    "This is going to be even more disastrous to the migrants," Gassim added.