They were travelling in a secret compartment in a lorry that was taking them to Tripoli, when the vehicle had an accident, causing the bricks , cement and steel used to conceal them to collapse on top of them.
The accident took place in the near Wadi Kaum area , some 90 kilometres outside of Tripoli when the truck left the road and overturned.
Among the deceased were 17 young people from Somaliland who intended to reach Europe through Libya.
It is understood that the driver of the lorry fled the scene and that security forces are currently trying to find him to investigate the incident.
Despite alarming boat incidents and hardship in the desert, many Somalis continue to venture into Libya, hoping to reach Europe, particularly Italy. They often dangerously sail in overcrowded tiny boats.
Following are photos of some of the deceased released to the press: