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Turkey confirms 1,734 refugees, 16 smugglers detained in operation

REUTERS
Published Mar 19, 2016, 8:50 am IST
Updated Mar 19, 2016, 8:50 am IST
Security forces said that the smugglers and refugees were detained by Turkish coastguard.
The operation was launched near the town of Dikili, in Izmir province on Turkey's Aegean coast. (Photo: AFP)
 The operation was launched near the town of Dikili, in Izmir province on Turkey's Aegean coast. (Photo: AFP)

Ankara: A total of 1,734 refugees and 16 people smugglers were detained by Turkish coastguard and gendarmerie in an operation on Friday, security forces said in a statement, part of a massive sweep to stop refugees reaching the Greek island of Lesbos.

The operation was launched near the town of Dikili, in Izmir province on Turkey's Aegean coast, and involved the coastguard, navy and gendarmerie and was backed by air support, the military said in a statement. Authorities were still working to ascertain the nationalities of those arrested, it said.

 

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