187 asylum seekers held off Turkey's Aegean coast

187 asylum seekers held off Turkey's Aegean coast

A total of 187 asylum seekers were held off the coast of Cesme district of Izmir, Turkey’s Aegean province, on Wednesday, sources said.

Teams of Turkish Coast Guard Command caught a boat carrying the migrants planning to go to Italy, the insiders said, adding that two foreign nationals suspected of organizing the illegal crossing were also detained.

The asylum seekers were then brought to Cesme pier, and will be handed over to the provincial migration administration, Anadolu Agency reported.

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