The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has strongly condemned what it had described the heinous killing on Friday morning of at least 15 immigrants and asylum-seekers in Sabratah.
“Eleven charred bodies were found inside the docked boat with a further four wounded bodies found outside.” UNSMIL added on Twitter on Sunday.
UNSMIL called on Libyan authorities to ensure a swift, independent and transparent investigation to bring all perpetrators to justice in the incident that happened off the shores of Sabratha.
“This attack is a stark reminder of the lack of protection migrants and asylum-seekers face in Libya, and the widespread human rights violations undertaken by powerful trafficking and criminal networks who need to be swiftly stopped and prosecuted.” UNSMIL has explained.
The Libyan Red Crescent in Sabratha announced on Friday that its team of volunteers had found 15 bodies, some burnt, on a boat off the shore and washed up on the beach, adding that the bodies were for illegal immigrants who were trying to reach Europe through Libya via smuggling and human trafficking networks.