Some 1,500 irregular migrants held over past week
ANKARA – Anadolu Agency
As many as 457 migrants were caught in multiple operations carried out by gendarmerie forces in the northwestern Edirne province, which borders Greece and Bulgaria.
In the northwestern provinces of Kirklareli and Tekirdağ, a total of 54 migrants were held by gendarmerie forces.
In the eastern provinces of Van and Kars a total of 44 migrants were held by police and gendarmerie forces over the past week.
In the coastal provinces of Çanakkale, Balıkesir, Aydın, İzmir, Muğla and Antalya, the Turkish Coast Guard and gendarmerie forces rounded up a total of 911 migrants as they were trying to cross to Europe through Greece.
A total of 12 migrants were held by police in the central Anatolian province of Kayseri.
The migrants included Pakistani, Congolese, Syrian, Iraqi, Afghan, Egyptian, Bangladeshi, Senegalese, Central African, Algerian, Moroccan, Tunisian, Somali, Libyan, Togo, Cameroonian and Palestinian nationals.
All of the migrants held during the week were either taken to hospital for medical care or transferred to provincial migration offices.