Rescued desert migrants to be escorted to Sudan town: army

About 300 illegal immigrants abandoned by people traffickers in the scorching Sudanese-Libyan desert, where 10 died , will be escorted to a Sudanese town from Friday, the army said.

Khartoum: About 300 illegal immigrants abandoned by people traffickers in the scorching Sudanese-Libyan desert, where 10 died , will be escorted to a Sudanese town from Friday, the army said.

Army spokesman Sawarmi Khaled Saad told AFP the migrants, many of whom were receiving medical care, would be taken by local Sudanese officials to the northern town of Dongola on the Nile River.

The town is hundreds of kilometres away and "the (road) trip will take about one and a half days," he said on Thursday.

A joint force of Sudanese and Libyan troops rescued the migrants -- Sudanese, Eritreans, Ethiopians and others -- after they were dumped in the border region.

A foreign ministry official said 10 had died, including six Sudanese, two Ethiopians and an Eritrean. The nationality of the last victim was still unknown.

On Wednesday Saad said nine Sudanese migrants had died in the desert that stretches from eastern Sudan up through Egypt to the Sinai Peninsula and is a major route for African migrants seeking a better life.

Thousands of Eritreans, in particular, make the journey each year. Many head for Israel while others try to get to Europe.
"Some of them try to go through Egypt. Some of them try to go through Libya," said a source familiar with the situation.
"They would try to cross the Mediterranean Sea via Libya."

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