Migrant bodies wash up on Libyan beach

Libyan Red Crescent workers recover the bodies of migrants washed up on a beach east of Tripoli. Note: Video contains graphic images.

TRIPOLI, LIBYA (REUTERS) - Libyan Red Crescent rescuers recovered eight migrant bodies in Tajura, 20km east of Tripoli on Saturday (Dec 10).

The death toll in the Mediterranean, the most dangerous border crossing on the planet for migrants, is estimated to be 4,636 this year.

That's 1,000 more than for the whole of 2015, according to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

Red Crescent rescuer Abdel Karim Zeab said that they were told that the bodies were those of illegal migrants.

Migrants, mainly from West Africa, are taking to the sea from Libya in flimsy rubber boats trying to reach Italian islands and Europe, where they have little hope of being granted asylum, an IOM spokesman said.