By Libya Herald reporters.
Tripoli, 23 July 2016:
More than sixty migrants returned to Libya today. Their decomposing bodies were washed up on a Sabratha beach.
It was unclear from where people-traffickers had launched them to their doom nor if they had all been aboard the same craft.
According to the International Organisation for Migration, so far this year almost 2,250 migrants have failed to survive the trip from Libya to Europe, or managed to be rescued by an EU warship or passing commercial vessel.
People-traffickers are charging each migrant a thousand dollars for a place on their overcrowded and unseaworthy craft.
The $60,000 investment that washed up on the Libyan beach today probably represented many months, even years of scrimping as illegal workers in the country or subventions by relatives back home.
It was all wasted.