>> A tragic end to an arduous journey. The bodies of at least 74 migrants, washed to shore in Western Libya. A torn rubber boat with a missing engine found near by, believed to be the cause. Officials say, the engine was snatched by smugglers leaving the boat adrift. Mostly, adult from sub Saharan African countries.
They were found near the smuggling hub in Zawia, 30 miles from the capital Tripoli. All but three were men. The red crescent said the migrants appeared to have died during the past two days. Libya, the main departure point for migrants hoping to reach Europe by sea. Mostly by those fleeing poverty and war in Africa.
Crossing in flimsy inflatable crafts, loaded with just enough fuel to reach European waters. Many don't survive the journey. 100 of 1000 attempt the trip in a hope to find a better future. Winter month see a reduction in crossings, but as spring approaches the numbers are expected to climb.
The route between Libya and Italy saw over 4,000 deaths last year and at least 3,000 in 2015. The International Organization for Migration says Monday's tragedy raises the number of deaths this year to more than 365.