Turkey on Friday brought back 2,588 citizens from several countries as part of its ongoing repatriation drive.

The country is working to bring back nearly 25,000 citizens stranded abroad due to the COVID-19 pandemic for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The highest number of citizens – 963 – was brought back from France on special flights that landed in the capital Ankara as well as Istanbul.

A further 326 expats from Switzerland and 286 from Sweden arrived in the northwestern Bursa province and Amasya province along the Black Sea.

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