Turkey Detains Over 150 Migrants in One Day

Published October 17th, 2017 - 02:57 GMT
All detained migrants were sent to regional immigration departments (AFP/File)
All detained migrants were sent to regional immigration departments (AFP/File)

 

  • Turkey detained over 150 migrants in anti-trafficking operations on Tuesday
  • 53 migrants, mostly Afghan and Syrian nationals, were held on their way to reach Greek islands, and a minivan carrying 24 Pakistani migrants was stopped in a northwestern province
  • All detained migrants were sent to regional immigration departments
  • Nearly 2,000 refugees cross into Greek islands every month, according to the U.N.

 

More than 150 migrants were detained during separate anti-trafficking operations in four different Turkish provinces Tuesday, according to officials.

In the Aegean province of Izmir, 53 migrants were held as they attempted to reach Greek islands, a source, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media, said.

The group of mostly Afghan and Syrian nationals were on a boat off Dikili district when coastguards apprehended them, the source said.

In northwestern Edirne province, 24 others were detained when security personnel stopped a minivan full of Pakistani migrants.

A local court later remanded in custody the minivan driver for trafficking.

 

 

In another operation in Balikesir province’s Ayvalik district, 56 Syrian refugees, including 20 children, were held. They were on a boat set for Greek islands, the regional governor's office said in a statement.

Also, in southern Hatay province's Kirikhan district, 36 migrants who illegally came to Turkey from Iraq and Syria were arrested.

They were found in a minivan, the driver of which was arrested on human trafficking charges.

All detained migrants were sent to regional immigration departments.

So far, hundreds of thousands of people have made short but perilous journeys across the Aegean to reach northern and western Europe.

Nearly 2,000 refugees cross into Greek islands every month, according to the U.N. Refugee Agency.

Hundreds of people have died at sea as a number of boats carrying refugees sank. The Turkish Coast Guard has rescued thousands.

 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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