Izmir, Aug 4 () - In Aegean waters of Turkey, 1,129 migrants have been caught while attempting to cross into other countries illegally, within a total of 26 search and rescue operations, in four days, between July 31 and August 3.
Under the “Hope in Aegean” operation led by the Turkish coast guard command, a total of 1129 illegal migrants have been captured, including 380 migrants in Çanakkale’s Ayvacık within seven incidents, 206 migrants in İzmir’s Çeşme, Seferihisar and Dikili districts within six incidents, 156 migrants in Balıkesir’s Ayvalık within three incidents, 138 migrants in Aydın’s Didim within three events, and 249 migrnts within seven incidents. Meanwhile, two smugglers have been caught in the last 4 days.
The groups mostly consist of Syrians, as well as people from Myanmar, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Palestine, Algeria, Morocco, Egypt, Congo, Uganda and Cambodia. Legal action has been taken for those 1129 people, including babies among the groups.
Coast guard command has captured 25,961 illegal migrants along with 45 migrant smugglers between January 1 and August 3 in 2015, under 756 different rescue and research operation, reported officials.