Six migrants killed in Turkey road crash


Six people have been confirmed dead after a military vehicle carrying irregular migrants overturned in the Reyhanlı district of southern Turkey’s Hatay province.

According to a statement by the Hatay Governor’s Office, 27 people including two soldiers were also wounded in the crash near the border with Syria.

The military vehicle was on its way to deport the irregular migrants, the statement noted but did not give their nationalities.

An investigation has been launched into the accident.

In recent months, Turkish authorities have arrested thousands of unregistered migrants.

There have been reports of some Syrians being returned to their country against their wish, although the government says it has only deported people who have voluntarily chosen to return.

Turkey is home to more than 3.6 million Syrian refugees and up to 300,000 Iraqis, as well as an increasing number of Afghans.

It remains a transit country used by people fleeing war and poverty to try to reach Europe.


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