Africa: A teenage migrant trying to get from Libya to Europe was shot dead by ruthless human traffickers who wanted his baseball cap.
The young Gambian man was killed on the beach by smugglers. His body was carried on board a ship that rescued 560 migrants from unsafe boats off the coast of Libya.
Harrowing images show tearful migrants who saw the murder and endured a journey with the corpse embracing when they got off rescue ship, the Phoenix, in Catania on the island of Sicily.
Another teenage boy was shot in the stomach, but is being cared for by doctors and is said to be in a stable condition.
The victim’s body was carried of the rescue ship by coroners in a container.
A priest later prayed over the body while Italian police formed a circle around him.
The migrants were travelling on board two large rubber boats and five small wooden ones when they were rescued, Italy’s Coast Guard said.
Italian Navy and Coast Guard boats participated in the rescues together with two humanitarian vessels, a spokesman said.
‘According to eyewitnesses, the deceased teenager was killed by human traffickers because they wanted his baseball hat. What cruelty,’ MOAS co-founder Chris Catrambone said.
The medical team onboard the Phoenix have confirmed that the deceased teenager died from gunshot wound,’ he added.