Eight migrants, mostly children, suffocated to death trapped in a refrigerator truck carrying around 100 people in western Libya, security forces said on Monday.
Some of the 90 who survived had to be admitted to hospital for respiratory problems, according to the regional security forces in the western city of Zuwara.
Six children, a woman and a young man died of suffocation, they said.
It was not immediately clear how long the migrants — from Bangladesh, Pakistan as well as Arab and African countries — were left by smugglers locked up in the vehicle just east of Zuwara.
“We were tipped off about a suspicious truck east of Zuwara, near the Mellitah gas complex,” Hafed Moammar, a spokesman for the security forces in Zuwara, told AFP.