'7 foreign nationals held in southern Turkey'
Turkey is key transit point for asylum seekers to cross into Europe
At least seven foreign nationals were held in Turkey’s southern Osmaniye province on Wednesday, a security source said.
Police teams stopped a minibus at a checkpoint on the Tarsus-Adana-Gaziantep Highway and found seven Syrian nationals who had entered the country illegally, said the source on condition of anonymity.
It was learnt that the irregular migrants had paid $1,500 to human traffickers to reach the country via Turkey’s southeastern border cities Kilis and Sanliurfa.
The driver of the minibus was also detained, the source said.
Turkey has been a key transit point for asylum seekers who want to cross into Europe to start new lives, especially those fleeing war and persecution.
It hosts nearly 4 million refugees, including over 3.6 million Syrians, more than any country in the world.