Nearly 400 undocumented migrants captured in southern and eastern Turkey
MERSİN – Anadolu Agency
Turkish Coast Guards detained 165 Syrians traveling in a boat on the Mediterranean Sea, said the sources, who refused to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.
The migrants included 63 children and 30 women. Following their interrogation, the coast guards detained 27 other foreigners. A van driver suspected of human smuggling was also arrested.
Separately, the Turkish General Staff said in a statement on Sunday that a total of 696 undocumented migrants were held across the country during operations carried out on March 17.
Border security units detained 623 migrants who were trying to cross into Turkey from Syria, the statement said, adding that another 14 migrants, who were trying to cross into Turkey from Iran, had been rounded up.
Turkey has been the main route for migrants trying to cross into Europe, especially since the beginning of the civil war in Syria.