1,738 detained while illegally crossing Turkish borders on Sunday

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A man carries a girl as Syrians fleeing the war pass through broken down border fences to enter Turkish territory illegally, near the Turkish Akcakale border crossing, the southeastern Sanliurfa province, on June 14, 2015.Turkey on June 14 began accepting onto its territory Syrian refugees fleeing the battle between Kurds and Islamic State (IS) jihadists for the Syrian border town of Tal Abyad, an AFP photographer said. Dozens of Syrian refugees, many carrying sacks of possessions, started passing through the Akcakale border gate onto Turkish territory as thousands more awaited their turn to cross on other side. AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC / AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC

The Turkish military stated on Monday that 1,738 people were caught by border police while attempting to illegally cross Turkish borders on Sunday, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

According to the statement, 1,594 people were apprehended while illegally trying to enter Turkey from Syria, while five were detained attempting to cross into Syria from Turkey.

Turkish border guards caught 62 people who were trying to slip into Turkey from Iraq. One person was detained as he was illegally entering Turkey from Iran.

On the same day, 76 people were apprehended while illegally trying to cross the borders to Bulgaria and Greece.

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