2,103 migrants were arrested in western Turkey within two weeks


The authorities in Muğla state, western Turkey, arrested 2,103 irregular immigrants within 15 days.

The state reported that the security, gendarmerie and coast guard teams carried out simultaneous operations in Muğla from 16 to 31 October last year as part of combating irregular migration.

It explained in a statement on Thursday that the operations resulted in the arrest of 2,103 irregular immigrants who were handed over to the state Immigration Directorate.

The operations also resulted in the arrest of 42 people suspected of smuggling migrants.

The judicial authorities decided to arrest 28 of the 42 suspects and release the rest and place them under judicial supervision.