The Turkish coast guard and police on Tuesday caught a total of 276 illegal migrants and eight human traffickers in a vessel off Turkey’s Aegean shore, the coast guard announced on its website.

The coast guard teams, police forces, and anti-smuggling and organized crime units conducted a joint operation both from the sea and the land to catch the migrants off the western province of Izmir, the statement said.

The migrants intended to sneak into Europe on a merchant ship, the guard added, noting that

the human traffickers were detained after the operation.

Meanwhile, the NTV broadcaster put the number of the migrants on the vessel at 268, adding that they were all having difficulties in breathing when they were caught.

It added that the refugees were of different nationalities from Bangladesh, Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia, and the Central African Republic.

Since the start of this year, a total of 11,856 migrants attempted to reach Greece via Turkey’s seas, down from 14,332 over the same period in 2019, according to the latest figures released by the Turkish coast guard.

The Aegean Sea was once the main route for migrants trying to reach Europe via Turkey. A deal was signed between Turkey and the European Union in March 2016 to curb the flow of illegal immigration.

Source: Xinhua

3 comments
  1. The migrants should be returned to where they came, the smugglers should be tried for smuggling illegals and a new punishment instituted of life in prison without possibility of release or a public hanging if convicted. The smugglers ship should be seized the owners if found charged with smuggling people and also tried and if convicted sentenced to life in prison or public hanging if convicted and the ship should be towed out into the middle of the Mediterranean and sunk.

  2. Why does the EU not want Hungary or other EU participants knowing who is funding these operations and/or where the money is coming from? It is the same thing in the US. Mysterious people who know what is best for others, tied to a 1953 outdated immigration agreement. The agreements in the 80’s no longer fit the reality of 2020. Rewrites needed all the way around.

  3. Sallie Brussels knows whom is funding these refugee smugglers and so does the rest of the world. George Soro’s. An international arrest warrant should have been issued for him years ago and it would have been if it were not loaded with Soro’s funded politicians.

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