World Bulletin / News Desk
At least 121 migrants were held during anti-human trafficking operations across Turkey on Monday, according to a statement from the Coast Guard Command.
In northwestern Balikesir province's Ayvalik district, 39 Syrians, including 16 children, were held when they attempted to reach Greek islands, the statement said.
Coastguards held 60 more Syrians, including 27 children on a boat off Altinova district, it said.
A suspected human trafficker was also arrested.
Also, 22 Syrians were held in western Mugla province's Bodrum district.
The migrants were sent to regional immigration departments.
So far, hundreds of thousands of people have made short but perilous journeys across the Aegean to reach northern and western Europe.
Nearly 2,000 refugees per month cross into Greek islands, according to the UNHCR data.
Hundreds of people have died at sea as a number of boats carrying refugees sank. The Turkish Coast Guard has rescued thousands.
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