Wednesday 23 August 2017

Turkey detains nine Britons crossing into Syria

Turkish military station at the border with Syria Credit: AP Photo
Turkish military station at the border with Syria Credit: AP Photo

Ece Toksabay

Turkish security forces have arrested nine British nationals trying to cross illegally into Syria.

In a statement on Wednesday, Turkish military officials said the Britons were arrested near the Hatay province on the Turkish side of the Syrian border.

It was not clear why the nine people were trying to cross the frontier.

Thousands of foreigners have joined the ranks of Islamic State and other radical groups in Syria and Iraq, many of them crossing through Turkey.

Turkey has faced criticism for not better controlling its southeastern borders, and in turn has accused European countries of failing to prevent would-be jihadists from travelling in the first place.
 

Reuters

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