The number of irregular migrants who died in the cold in the Turkish state of Edirne rose to 19, after the Greek police forced them to take off their clothes and return to Turkey.
This came after the bodies of 3 other migrants were found, according to a statement published by the Edirne Province (northwest) on Thursday afternoon.
And earlier today, the Edirne province announced that the bodies of 4 migrants had been found, bringing the total of bodies found on Thursday to 7.
And on Wednesday, the state announced that the bodies of 12 migrants had been found, who died in the bitter cold, after the Greek police forced them to take off their clothes and return to Turkish territory.
Since Wednesday morning, the Turkish authorities have been combing the area with the aim of finding other migrants who may need urgent medical assistance, while the judicial authorities have opened an investigation into the incident.
The International Organization for Migration of the United Nations confirmed that it was deeply horrified by the news of the deaths of migrants at the Greek border.
“Her organization is communicating with the concerned authorities to uncover the circumstances of this tragedy,” the organization’s spokeswoman, Safaa Mashhali, said in a statement.