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libya-On February 21, the bodies of 74 migrants were found by the Libyan Red Crescent on the shore of Zawiya, a Libyan town known for being a capital of fuel smuggling and human trafficking

Libya's militias have become increasingly powerful amid the power vacuum since Muammar Gaddafi's toppling in 2011. The militias control the human trafficking trade, and many young Libyans lacking work are eager to join.

A Zawiya resident said he was on the beach as Red Crescent volunteers filled dozens of body bags.

"The first thing I did on the shore was search for the rubber boat in which they left," said the Zawiya resident, who preferred not to reveal his name for security reasons.

"It was not far from the corpses, destroyed, and the first thing I noticed was that the engine was not there. This probably means when the smugglers realised that the rubber boat was sinking, [they] came back ... to carry off the engine. They will use it for other migrants."

Libya's militias have become increasingly powerful amid the power vacuum since Muammar Gaddafi's toppling in 2011. The militias control the human trafficking trade, and many young Libyans lacking work are eager to join.

"We are realising that more and more young people are attracted by these crimes," the man said. "The young people need money, and the smugglers provide them with this money. Nobody cares if migrants arrive in Europe alive or if they die drowned in the sea ... they are worse than murderers."

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