Turkey rounds up over 250 illegal immigrants
Iraqis, Pakistanis, Palestinians, Afghans, Syrians and Chinese were among 272 clandestine immigrants rounded up in a latest sweep by Turkish security, Anatolia news agency reported Monday.
It said coastguard on patrol off the western city of Izmir on the Aegean Sea found 76 immigrants aboard a Greek boat headed for an unspecified Greek island.
They and a Greek crewmember were taken to the port town of Kusadasi for questioning.
In the eastern province of Van bordering Iran, police arrested 106 would-be immigrants - Iraqis, Afghans, Pakistanis and an Iranian - who had been smuggled into Turkey undetected, the agency said.
In the northwestern border province of Edirne, 51 illegal immigrants - Iraqis, Iranians, Palestinians - were rounded up as they tried to reach Greece and Bulgaria, Anatolia added.
Meanwhile, police in Canakkale in western Turkey held 39 illegal immigrants from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Syria and India.
Would-be immigrants are captured on a daily basis in Turkey, a major route for clandestine migration from Asia to Europe. (Albawaba.com)