KARS, Turkey

At least 52 irregular migrants were held in eastern Turkey on Friday.

Anti-smuggling and border security teams carried out operations in different locations in Kars, according to the city’s police office.

All 52 individuals held are Afghan nationals and they have been shifted to the provincial migration authority to be deported, the office said.

Turkey has been a key transit point for asylum seekers who want to cross into Europe to start new lives, especially those fleeing war and persecution.

* Writing by Havva Kara Aydin

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