Egypt identifies 7 dead would-be migrants in Libya

iStock
iStock

Cairo - Egypt has identified seven Egyptians among 19 suspected would-be illegal migrants who perished from heat and hunger after trekking into Libya's eastern region.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid said late Saturday arrangements were being made to repatriate the seven bodies and that communication with Libyan authorities to identify the rest was ongoing.

Libya, which has been in chaos since a popular 2011 uprising turned into a civil war, has emerged as a key transit point for illegal migration to Europe, attracting thousands of sub-Saharan Africans, as well as Arabs and Asians, willing to pay smugglers thousands of dollars to make the hazardous journey across the Mediterranean.

The number of people attempting to make the journey typically increases in the summer months, when the Mediterranean's waters are calmer.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
When assisting your child with remote learning this year, did you:
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Follow the school's comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) curriculum?
14% - 382 votes
Adjust the CSE curriculum to suit the family's morals?
24% - 670 votes
Ignore the schools CSE programme and do your own teaching?
63% - 1776 votes
Vote
ZAR/USD
15.20
(-0.25)
ZAR/GBP
20.43
(-0.14)
ZAR/EUR
18.48
(-0.40)
ZAR/AUD
11.29
(-0.09)
ZAR/JPY
0.15
(-0.16)
Gold
1841.72
(+0.09)
Silver
24.21
(+0.74)
Platinum
1043.00
(+2.02)
Brent Crude
48.78
(+0.95)
Palladium
2324.01
(+1.18)
All Share
59258.51
(+0.53)
Top 40
54398.82
(+0.42)
Financial 15
11648.34
(+2.18)
Industrial 25
79943.82
(+0.33)
Resource 10
56528.18
(-0.16)
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes morningstar logo