Turkey detains group 'crossing to Syria to join ISIL'

ANKARA - Fourteen people, including one Turkish citizen, were caught in Turkey's southern Gaziantep province trying to cross to Syria to join the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), security officials have said.

They were detained Monday in the Oguzeli district of Gaziantep, the Turkish General Staff announced Wednesday.

The Turkish citizen was later released and the others were delivered to police to be deported after their statements were taken.

According to the UN, more than 13,000 fighters from more than 80 countries have joined ISIL and other militant groups in Syria and Iraq.

Turkey has joined other countries to stop the flow of foreign fighters to Syria and Iraq.

About 10,000 people have been banned from entering Turkey as they are suspected of joining "terrorist" groups, the country’s Interior Minister Efkan Ala said last week.

"We have imposed entry bans on 9,955 people from 91 countries," the minister said.

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