Turkish soldiers rescued 75 Afghan refugees, including 22 children, who had been stuck in a valley in southeastern Van province on Saturday.
Determining that they entered illegally into the country after reconnaissance surveys, the soldiers launched an operation to seize the fugitives.
Following health checks, the refugees were dispatched to the police department in the province.
In the meantime, the Turkish General Staff (TSK) announced that security forces on Saturday seized 1,559 refugees who were trying to illegally cross border lines.
The statement by TSK said that 1,498 Syrian refugees were caught trying to enter Turkey while seven others attempted to cross into Syria from Turkey.
Security forces also seized 95 kilogrammes of drugs, pepper gas, mobile phones and some other contrabands.
Furthermore, 47 refugees from Iraq and Iran tried to illegally cross the Turkish border.
Seven others were also detained while attempting to reach Greece and Bulgaria from Turkey.
Turkish police also detained 92 refugees in western Kocaeli province during a search operation.
Police reported that the refugees, who were Afghanistan and Uzbekistan nationals. were taken to district police department for questioning.