Libyan rescue services have recovered the bodies of 20 people in the desert near the border with Chad.
The deceased were believed to have been migrants and were found around a black pickup truck about 320 kilometers (200 miles) southwest of Kufra, according to the district ambulance service.
Rescue services said they “recovered 20 bodies found in the desert after their vehicle broke down.” In a statement, the service said the vehicle traveled from Chad and was about 120 kilometers inside Libyan territory. “They all died of thirst,” the statement said of the people in the truck.
The bodies were discovered by a truck driver who had been traveling through the desert.
“The driver got lost … and we believe the group died in the desert about 14 days ago since the last call on a mobile phone there was on June 13,” Kufra ambulance chief Ibrahim Belhasan told the Reuters news agency by phone.