3,771 irregular migrants held over past week across Turkey
ANKARA – Anadolu Agency
As many as 1,643 irregular migrants were caught in multiple operations carried out by gendarmerie forces in northwestern Edirne province, which borders Greece and Bulgaria.
The migrants included Pakistani, Moroccan, Syrian, Iraqi, Afghan, Egyptian and Bangladeshi nationals.
In other northwestern provinces of Kırklareli and Tekirdağ, a total of 182 irregular migrants were held by gendarmerie forces during the same period.
In the coastal provinces of Mersin, Canakkale, Balikesir, Aydın, İzmir and Muğla, coastguard and gendarmerie forces rounded up a total of 1,168 migrants, who were attempting to cross to Europe through Greece.
In eastern Van province, bordering Iran, a total of 434 migrants were held by gendarmerie and border forces.
In other eastern provinces of Siirt and Kars, security forces held 84 migrants over the past week.
In addition, 13 migrants were held in Nigde province as they were entering the country through illegal means.
Security forces also arrested 25 people for alleged human smuggling.