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Over 300 illegal migrants held in Turkey

IANS | Ankara |

Turkish Police detained over 300 illegal migrants in northern and eastern Turkey, a media report said.

According to state-run Anadolu Agency, a total of 206 illegal migrants, including 25 women and 18 children, were arrested from a bus in the Black Sea province of Amasya, Xinhua reported.

The bus carrying the migrants was stopped by police when it was heading to Istanbul from the eastern province of Agri.

The suspects were Afghan, Pakistani, Iranian, Syrian, and Burmese nationals.

In another operation in the eastern province of Elazig, police caught 97 illegal Pakistani and Afghan migrants at the bus terminal who attempted to reach Istanbul from Turkish eastern province of Van.

Turkey and the European Union signed a refugee deal in March 2016, which aimed to discourage irregular migration through the Aegean Sea by taking stricter measures against human traffickers and improving the conditions of nearly 3 million Syrian refugees in Turkey.