Over 660 irregular migrants held across Turkey

                                By Erdogan Cagatay Zontur</p>    <p>ANKARA (AA) - At least 664 irregular migrants were held across Turkey on Sunday, according to security sources.</p>    <p>In Turkey’s Aegean Aydin province, 34 irregular migrants on a rubber boat were held by the Turkish Coast Guard, said a source on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media.</p>    <p>Separately, 252 irregular migrants who reportedly entered Turkey illegally were held in eastern province of Van, another source said.</p>    <p>Also, gendarmerie forces held six irregular migrants -- all Bangladeshi nationals -- in northwestern Tekirdag province.</p>  <p>In northwestern Edirne province that borders Greece and Bulgaria, the gendarmerie forces held 372 migrants who were trying to go abroad using illegal routes.</p>    <p>One suspect also arrested for alleged human smuggling.</p>    <p>All of the migrants were later referred to provincial migration directorates.</p>    <p>Turkey has been the main route for refugees trying to cross to Europe, especially since the beginning of the civil war in Syria.</p>    <p>Some 268,000 irregular migrants were held in Turkey in 2018, according to the Interior Ministry. The migrants were mostly Afghan, Pakistani, Syrian and Iraqi nationals.

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