Over 1,200 irregular migrants held in Turkey in past week
ANKARA – Anadolu Agency
The Turkish Interior Ministry on Sept. 22 said 1,210 irregular migrants were held this past week, from Sept. 14 to 21.
In the western İzmir province and northern Aegean provinces, a total of 426 migrants were held in 11 different incidents, according to the ministry statement.
The ministry further added that security units in the southern Aegean region have held 79 migrants while three dead bodies were retrieved from the sea.
Separately, in the Anamur district of the Mediterranean province of Mersin, 13 migrants were held.
The coastal guards in the northwestern province of Canakkale's Ayvacık, İzmir's Çeşme, southwestern province of Muğla's Bodrum have rescued 149 migrants.
Additionally, gendarmerie units have held 543 migrants and arrested three human smugglers.