Three migrants found frozen to death in Turkey
Three migrants have been found frozen to death in western Turkey, according to the country’s official news agency.
The Anadolu agency says the bodies were found separately in three villages in the western Edirne province, on the border with Greece.
One was an Afghan national – the others remain unidentified.
First examinations revealed they had frozen to death but their bodies have been sent to Istanbul for further evaluation.
An Afghan migrant, Jamaluddin Malangi, who was caught by Greek and Turkish authorities, told journalists that Greece was sending back illegal migrants via small boats on the Maritsa river, which crosses both countries.
He told media: “We wanted help and during this, someone must have called the police and the Greek police officers came and caught us.
“First they took us to the police station then they took us near to the river where there were two boats.”
“We were sent back after being put on them (the boats)” to Turkey, he added.
Migrants have been using the Aegean Sea route and land routes to cross into Greece, a member of the European Union.
A 2016 deal between Turkey and the EU significantly curbed numbers but migrants still attempt the perilous journey to reach Europe.
According to Greek authorities, more than 14,000 irregular entries have been recorded across the Turkish border so far this year, compared to about 5,500 in 2017.