Turkey detains 200 Afghan migrants en path to Italy | Asia Information
A Turkish coastguard boat proceeds to verify an inflatable boat within the sea between Lesbos island and the Turkish coast as a part of operations to forestall boats of refugees from reaching the Greek coast on March 6, 2020. (LOUISA GOULIAMAKI / Newpaper24)
ISTANBUL – Turkish authorities detained a ship carrying greater than 200 Afghan migrants within the Aegean sea heading for Europe, Turkey’s coastguard and the Worldwide Group for Migration stated on Wednesday.
The migrants have been believed to be en path to Italy, the coastguard official stated. Nearly all of the 231 migrants on the boat have been from Afghanistan whereas just a few others have been from Syria, Iran, Eritrea and Pakistan, the official added.
The coastguard detained two Turkish nationals steering the boat and escorted migrants to a deportation centre within the western Turkish city of Ayvacik.
In latest weeks Turkey has confronted a recent inflow of Afghan migrants, crossing from its jap border with Iran, amid rising violence in Afghanistan. Turkish authorities detained some 1,500 migrants final week.