Turkish soldiers rescue migrants in eastern border

Turkish soldiers rescue Afghan and Pakistani migrants about to freeze in eastern border

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) has rescued 130 Afghan and Pakistani migrants including women and children in a valley in eastern Van province near the Iranian border as they were about to freeze.

Turkish soldiers noticed a group entering into Turkish border while surveillancing the area with thermal cameras and launched an operation in the region.

Among the 130 migrants rescued by the soldiers, 34 of them were females and 36 of them were children. The temperature was 10 degrees below zero.

The soldiers provided assistance to the migrants, gave them food and clothing as the migrants were hosted at the military’s border station.

The migrants are set to be sent to the foreigners unit of the police department for deportation procedures.

Approximately 350 migrants trying to cross into Turkey from Iranian border were caught in the last week in Van province by Turkish Land Forces Command during border security operations, as well as smuggling operations.

TRTWorld and agencies