Izmir: Turkey on Friday detained at least 121 people of different nationalities, who were attempting to cross Europe by sea.
According to Anadolu news agency, Turkish coast guards caught the two boats of the migrants, after they were sighted at the sea.
In the first raid, an inflatable boat in Izmir’s Dikili district was stopped by the coast guard teams and around 64 migrants, a mixture of Syrians, Iraqis and Pakistanis, were detained.
In another incident, another 57 migrants, all of them Syrian nationals, were apprehended in Izmir`s Cesme district.
They were later transferred to migration management authorities for further questioning.
Turkey has seen a major influx of migrants who have been trying to cross Europe, especially since the beginning of the Syrian Civil War and the presence of the terrorist group, Islamic State (IS) in Iraq.