"Libya has long been a transit point for migrants seeking to reach Malta, Italy, and other places in Europe because of its proximity and relatively loose border control."
Tripoli, July 13 - Twelve bodies of illegal immigrants were found off the coast near Libya's capital city of Tripoli, the media reported Saturday.

The bodies were found in the past two days and were reported to be of illegal immigrants, the official LANA agency quoted mayor of Tajura district Hosain Al-Zarroog as saying, Xinhua reported.

The bodies were highly decomposed and were taken immediately to Tripoli Medical Hospital.

Al-Zarroog said the dead might only consist a small part of the batch of stowaways and warned the bodies could spread diseases if not handled timely.

On July 5, Libya's coast guard frogmen also found a wooden boat with 13 decomposed bodies of the illegal immigrants.

Libya has long been a transit point for migrants seeking to reach Malta, Italy, and other places in Europe because of its proximity and relatively loose border control.

The Libyan government earlier this month established an agency in cooperation with neighbouring countries to combat illegal immigration and smuggling.


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