Turkish police have arrested 2,475 people wanted on suspicion of human smuggling and illegal immigration.

The Turkish Interior Ministry said in a statement that the police and security forces had arrested 2,475 people wanted on suspicion of human trafficking and illegal immigration during a large-scale operation.

Accordingly, 40,690 soldiers participated in the operation, in the form of 11,536 teams from various police units and other security forces.

The Turkish General Directorate of Police, Gendarmerie and Coast Guard arrested 2,475 wanted criminals, as well as a number of suspects in connection with human trafficking and illegal immigration.

Sixteen missing or kidnapped people, including five children, were rescued during the operation.

In addition, 430 illegal immigrants and 10 organizers of illegal immigration were arrested.