289 MIGRANTS CAUGHT OFF TURKEY S AEGEAN, MEDITERRANEAN

Ankara, March 12 (QNA) – A total of 289 migrants were apprehended off Turkey’s Aegean and Mediterranean coasts over the past week, interior ministry announced on Sunday.

Between March 3-10 Turkish Coast Guards intercepted 289 migrants in seven separate incidents and arrested seven migrant smugglers, interior ministry’s announcement read.

Separately 178 migrants were apprehended in four incidents in Turkey’s western province Izmir’s Cesme and Seferihisar districts and Turkey’s northwestern Aegean town Ayvalik, the announcement read.

Two search and rescue ships, 71 coast guard boats, 23 coast guard security teams (SAGET), six coastal safety and security search and rescue teams (DEGAK) and 39 control boats have patrolled for 2,197 hours to prevent irregular migration. (QNA)

Source:Qatar News Agency