8 illegal immigrants – six children, one woman and one man – were found suffocated due to inhaling fuel inside the fish freezer container, while 90 others were rescued and sent to the Zuwara seaside hospital, according to the city’s security directorate.

The security directorate said the truck container was found after information was exchanged with the directorate saying a dubious parked truck was next to Mellita gas complex in the city. A patrol was immediately sent and seized the truck, inside which there were 100 immigrants including 8 dead.

“The migrants are of African, Arab, Pakistani and Bangladeshi nationalities.” The statement said.

It added that investigation was underway to arrest the people behind this heinous act and bring them to justice.

Photos posted on Facebook by the directorate show the deaths and survivors who were sent to Zuwara hospital.