Over 200 irregular migrants held across Turkey

By Necat Hazar and Yusuf Koyun

ADANA, Turkey (AA) – Over 200 irregular migrants have been held across Turkey, official sources said on Monday.

Acting on a tip, Turkish security forces found over 60 Syrian irregular migrants — including women and children — in a warehouse in the southern Turkish province of Adana, according to police.

While the migrants were held, 11 people were arrested for suspected human trafficking, including four Syrians.

Separately, 140 irregular migrants were held in the city of Ipekyolu in the eastern Van province.

An Anti-Smuggling and Organized Crime team organized an operation to round up 90 Afghan and 50 Pakistani nationals, said a security source, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

All of the migrants were referred to provincial migration offices.

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