World Bulletin / News Desk
In southern province of Hatay, 97 migrants -- all Syrian nationals -- were rounded up while attempting to enter Turkey, the sources said on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media.
In the same province, 24 more migrants were also held in Kirikhan district, the sources said.
Moreover, 64 migrants, including women and children, were rounded up off Ayvacik district in the northwestern Canakkale province.
The migrants -- all Afghan nationals -- were illegally attempting to cross to Greece’s Lesbos island, the sources added.
Later on Wednesday, 50 more irregular migrants -- including Afghan, Pakistani and Iranian nationals -- were held by the coastal guard in Ayvacik.
Separately, 61 migrants were rounded up in the northwestern Edirne province's Meric district. The migrants from Pakistan, Syria and Iraq were held during regular patrols by gendarmerie units.
In addition, the coast guard stopped two inflatable boats carrying 45 irregular migrants off western Izmir’s Alacati district as they called for help from the guards.
Also, in central Kirsehir province, eight Afghan irregular migrants were held. Two people allegedly helping them were arrested on charges of human smuggling, the sources added.
All the migrants were later referred to provincial migration authorities.
Turkey has been a main route for refugees trying to cross into Europe, especially since 2011, the beginning of Syria's civil war.
Among migrants held in 2017 in Turkey, the majority came from Pakistan -- around 15,000 -- followed by Afghans at around 12,000. Syrians totaled about 10,000.