149 illegal migrants detained in Turkey’s Aegean sea

149 migrants illegally trying to cross to Greek islands detained by Turkish coast guard in Turkey’s Aegean sea

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Turkey’s coast guard has detained 149 migrants who were illegally trying to pass into to the Greek island of Lesbos on Monday.

The migrants were taken into custody after the coast guard had been notified that migrants would attempt to illegally cross to Lesbos - located close to the Turkish border in the northeastern Aegean Sea - from the Ayvacik district of the province of Canakkale.

The migrants were reportedly from the countries of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Yemen, Myanmar and Eritrea.

The detainees gave their testimonies at Ayvacik’s police headquarters and were sent to the foreigners' unit of the Turkish police, later to be deported following legal proceedings and health checks.

The Aegean Sea is one of the most frequently used routes for migrants trying to reach EU countries.

Meanwhile, the Turkish Army Forces (TAF) issued a statement on Monday saying that a total of 599 migrants were captured by land forces in different locations along the Turkish border.

450 out of 599 were immigrants from Syria trying to flee Turkey by crossing the border, the TAF reported.

Another 24 more migrants were found attempting to cross to Syria, according to the statement.

As a result, 113 illegal migrants attempting to travel to Turkey were detained by Turkish coast guard while 99 other were captured by gendarmerie forces.

TRTWorld and agencies