Over 220 illegal migrants held in Turkey
Turkish security forces on Thursday detained 226 illegal migrants during operations in several provinces, security officials said, APA reports quoting Anadolu agency.
In northwestern Edirne province, security forces detained 109 illegal migrants who were trying to reach Greece and Bulgaria, a security official, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on talking to the media, told Anadolu Agency.
The suspects were Pakistani, Syrian, Afghan, and Iranian nationals, the source added.
Later security forces also detained 14 illegal migrants in Edirne’s Ipsala district, another security source said.
Security forces found the migrants, who were of Pakistani origin, when they stopped a suspicious minivan.
In Soke district of western Aydin province, police detained 40 migrants who were being transported by truck, another security official said.
The driver fled by foot, leaving the truck on the side of the highway after seeing a police checkpoint.
The truck was driving from Istanbul to Aydin's Didim district, to cross into Greece, the official said, adding the search for the driver continued.
In another operation in Ayvacik district of northwestern Canakkale province, 38 illegal migrants were detained as they were trying to illegally get to the Greek island of Lesbos.
Security forces also seized one boat and one boat motor, the source added.
Separately, in Kirikhan district of southern Hatay province, 25 migrants from Syria were detained based on a tipoff.
Security forces found the migrants -- including 10 children – when they stopped a van.
In March 2016, Turkey and the EU signed a deal which aimed to discourage irregular migration through the Aegean Sea by taking stricter measures against human traffickers and improving the conditions of some 3 million Syrian refugees in Turkey.
Since then, the number of refugees detained crossing the Aegean Sea between Turkey and Greece has fallen 85 percent, according to the Turkish Coast Guard.
*Mehmet Yavas from Canakkale, Huseyin Yildiz from Hatay, and Murat Senbaklavaci from Aydin contributed to this story.
Related news releases
- 17.10.2017Catalans hold rally in Barcelona to support jailed leaders
- 17.10.2017Turkey extends state of emergency for 3 more months
- 17.10.2017Polish President Duda says hopes Turkey will join EU
- 17.10.2017Ten suspects allegedly 'plotting to kill' politicians arrested in France
- 17.10.201712 wounded in bomb attack against police shuttle in Turkey’s Mersin
- 17.10.2017Georgia detains Armenian citizen over cigarette smuggling
- 17.10.2017Ukrainian police report some 6,000 attending rallies in central Kyiv
- 17.10.2017Two Catalonian leaders behind independence movement detained for sedition
- 17.10.2017Turkish court frees US Consulate worker’s wife, child
- 16.10.20172 Turkish soldiers martyred in northern Iraq
- 16.10.2017Turkey closes airspace for flights to northern Iraq
- 16.10.2017EU defends Iran deal despite Trump, appeals to U.S. Congress
- 16.10.2017Two killed as Storm Ophelia lashes Ireland, UK
- 16.10.2017Former Turkish CHP head Deniz Baykal taken to hospital over severe influenza
- 15.10.2017Cargo plane crash off Ivory Coast kills four Moldovans
- 15.10.2017Poland doctors demand better pay, hike in funding for health care system
- 14.10.2017Turkey, Russia seen coordinating on Syria
- 14.10.2017Turkey welcomes Hamas-Fatah reconciliation
- 14.10.2017IAEA: Tehran Implements All Commitments Under Iran Nuclear Deal
- 12.10.2017Turkey: Visa row with US likely to be resolved soon
- 11.10.2017Turkish, US FMs discuss visa row over phone
- 11.10.2017Madrid gives Catalonia until october 16 to clarify situation over independence
- 11.10.2017Georgia detains two Armenians over cigarette smuggling
- 11.10.2017Georgia, EU beginning strategic dialogue on security
- 11.10.2017Spanish government refuses to recognize declaration of Catalan independence
- 11.10.2017Spanish Council of Ministers to hold emergency session on Wednesday
- 11.10.2017The Catalan leadership signed a declaration of independence
- 10.10.2017Erdogan blames US for initiating visa row with Turkey
- 10.10.2017Leader of Catalonia suggests suspending independence process - UPDATED-2
- 10.10.2017EU urges Catalonia's leader not to declare independence
- 10.10.2017Erdogan arrives in Belgrade for two-day visit
- 10.10.2017Global unemployment tops 200 million
- 09.10.2017First round of elections for UNESCO Director-General not bring results
- 09.10.2017US visa suspension decision upsetting: Erdogan
- 09.10.2017PACE president not elected in second round
- 09.10.2017Georgia launches campaign to raise awareness among population about visa-free regime with EU
- 08.10.2017Turkey ready to work on improvement of relations with Germany – Foreign Minister
- 08.10.2017UK police arrest trespasser at Buckingham Palace
- 07.10.2017Spanish police detain vessel with 3.8 tonnes of cocaine on Board
- 07.10.2017Car accident outside London's museum has no terror background
- 13.10.2017France's Azoulay wins UNESCO director general election
- 13.10.2017Turkish army chief inspects troops near Syrian border
- 14.10.2017EU's top diplomat defends Iran deal after Trump speech
- 13.10.2017Several injured after gunman opens fire in Sweden
- 12.10.2017Brexit talks with UK in 'disturbing deadlock': EU
- 12.10.2017Georgian president calls for ‘unified strategy’ against Russia