Turkish coast guard capture 900 migrants trying to cross into Europe illegally in August so far

Published 20.08.2016 14:19
Updated 20.08.2016 16:12
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Turkish Coast Guard teams have so far in August captured over 900 illegal migrants, including women and children, who were trying to get to European countries from Turkey's western coast, security sources said Saturday.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the officials said that 918 illegal migrants were captured off Turkey's western coast in operations to halt human trafficking in the Aegean and Mediterranean seas.

The Coast Guard captured 538 migrants who were trying to ilegally cross the country in June, and 881 others in July.

The migrants' "journey of hope" has so far risen by 70 percent in August compared to the previous month.

According to the International Organization for Migration, a total of 467 refugees died at sea between Jan. 1, 2016 and March 17, 2016, 362 out of which died along the eastern Mediterranean route, while 105 others perished along the central and western Mediterranean route.

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