TURKISH COAST GUARDS BUST 130 ILLEGAL MIGRANTS OFF AEGEAN SEA COAST

ANKARA, Turkish Coast Guard teams have arrested 130 illegal migrants off Cesme town in the western city of Izmir in their route to the Greek Island of Chios.

The Anadolu News Agency quoted Coast Guard officials as saying that the migrants were discovered in two boats during the inspection of a ship off the Aegean Sea coasts.

They noted that the arrested migrants, who include women and children, are from Syria, Iraq, Iran and Morocco.

They have been referred to Izmir Immigration Directorate as a prelude to deporting them to their countries, the officials stated.

Turkey's five Aegean provinces -- Canakkale, Balikesir, Izmir, Mugla and Aydin -- are prime spots for refugees leaving Turkey for the EU, with Greek islands lying within sight of the Turkish coast.

Over the past years, hundreds of thousands have made short but perilous journeys across the Aegean in a bid to reach northern and western Europe in search for a better life.

Hundreds of people have died at sea as a number of boats carrying refugees sank or capsized. The Turkish Coast Guard has rescued thousands of others.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK