Nearly 100 irregular migrants held in SW Turkey

By Ali Riza Akkir

MUGLA, Turkey (AA) – Ninety-three irregular migrants have been held in Turkey's southwest, according to security officials on Monday.

The migrants including children and women from Iraq, Somalia, and Palestine were detained aboard a boat off the coast of the southwestern province of Mugla, Turkish Coast Guard officials told Anadolu Agency as they attempted to sail to Greece.

The boat was seized and an investigation was underway to arrest the human traffickers who arranged the illegal travel.

Turkey has been a main route for irregular migrants trying to cross into Europe, especially since 2011 when the Syrian civil war began.