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Seven illegal migrants were found dead in a refrigerated truck which was left abandoned on the shores of Qarabulli town, around 65km east of Tripoli.
Libyan authorities found the truck with 34 African migrants held inside, seven of whom appeared to have died of suffocation.
We sent over people to investigate and found a truck with 34 migrants inside who were moved to the anti-illegal immigration division's Tripoli branch and were provided with first aid, but unfortunately, seven of them were found dead, but the remaining 28 were given first aid and thank god they are in good health, a police officer said.
According to the migrants, smugglers packed them into the back of the truck to transport them to a boat which they would use to cross the Mediterranean.
The migrants said the truck driver left the vehicle on the side of the road after unknown gunmen began firing at the tyres.
They were locked inside the truck for two days before officers found them early Sunday June 4 morning.
In an earlier incident involving migrants, six immigrants from Ghana and Nigeria, out of 50, survived death by thirst in the Sahara desert, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) reported.
The dead bodies of 44 people, including newborns and minors, were rescued by a Nigerian military unit sent to the area in which they were, according to information given by the survivors who managed to walk to a community and alert the authorities.
The group of undocumented people was travelling in a truck that broke down and had to continue on foot the impossible journey through the Sahara, the world's biggest desert in which temperatures reach almost 60 Celsius degrees during the day and minus 21 Celsius degrees during the evening.
Source: NAM News Network