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Children’s bodies washed ashore after shipwreck off Libya coast

TRIPOLI – The bodies of four children have been found washed ashore west of Tripoli. Aid workers say they were on a migrant boat that sank on the high sea on Wednesday.

The bodies of four children aged between five and 10 were discovered by rescue workers on the seashore west of the Libyan capital Tripoli on Wednesday.

According to the Libyan Red Crescent, the children had been on a boat that had sunk that day.

“We were informed [Wednesday] of a boat that was sinking on the high sea with 30 people on board” in the Zawiya area, the Red Crescent’s Hassan Mokhtar Al-Bey told the AFP news agency.

He said rescue workers discovered three of the bodies near Zawiya, around 45 kilometers from Tripoli, and the fourth a few kilometers further west.

The fate of the other passengers, their nationalities and where they had departed from were still unknown, he said.

Blankets, including those for a baby, lay on rocks near where the bodies were found, according to an AFP correspondent.

Al-Bey said his rescue workers were likely to find more corpses.

The bodies of the four children were taken to the Zawiya morgue, he said.

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