‘7 foreign nationals held in southern Turkey’

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OSMANIYE, Turkey

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.

*Writing by Havva Kara Aydin in Ankara

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