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Turkey detains 350 migrants en route to Europe: Report

AFP , Sunday 26 Apr 2015
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The Turkish coastguard has rounded up 350 mainly Syrian migrants in an operation against a ship planning to take them to Europe, the official Anatolia news agency said Sunday.

Coastguard personnel overnight Saturday to Sunday raided the Mongolian-flagged "Ole" vessel after a tip-off that migrants were being carried on board.

The coastguard picked up 71 migrants on board the ship off the southeastern Turkish city of Mersin and captured 279 others waiting their turn at the port to board the vessel, Anatolia said.

It said the migrants, including women and children, were seeking to reach European Union countries, in particular Italy.

Police detained 10 crewmen and seized the inflatable boats used to transfer the migrants to the ship.

Turkey, which already hosts 1.8 million Syrian refugees from the civil war, has become a key transit point for migrants seeking a better life in Europe.

Mersin has become known as an increasingly important hub for Syrian migrants, with local authorities saying that 1,754 illegal migrants were apprehended at sea off the port last year.

Turkish authorities have stepped up operations on migrant boats amid a surge in the numbers attempting the perilous crossing, following the Mediterranean's worst migrant disaster recently in which as many as 800 people drowned off Libya.

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Farhan
02-05-2015 09:05am
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Turkey is saving so many lives
But world only cares when its Christians or Jewish lives.
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