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Nearly 200 undocumented migrants held in Turkey

A total of 171 undocumented migrants were held across Turkey, security sources said on Wednesday.

In the eastern province of Van, gendarmerie units rounded up a total of 87 undocumented migrants, a security source said on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media.

Out of the 87 migrants, 81 of them were Afghan nationals and 6 of them were Pakistani nationals who entered into the country by illegal means.

Separately, coast guard teams intercepted a group of migrants attempting to illegally cross to Greek islands via rubber boat in the Aegean Sea off the coast of western Izmir's Seferihisar district, holding some 41 Syrian national migrants.

In the Didim district of the Aegean province of Aydin, 43 undocumented migrants -- all Syrian nationals -- were held by security forces.

The migrants were sent to a provincial migration authority.

Turkey has been a main route for refugees trying to cross into Europe, especially since the beginning of the civil war in Syria.

Reporting by Necat Hazar and Ferdi Uzun:Writing by Merve Aydogan