Turkey seizes cargo ship carrying hundreds of Syrian refugees

March 13, 2015 3:20 PM

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ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish coastguards found more than 300 refugees, mostly Syrians, when they seized a cargo ship they had opened fired on for failing obey an order to stop off Turkey's western coast, the regional governor said on Friday.

Refugee trafficking in the seas around Turkey is a major problem. Turkey itself has kept its borders open to refugees since the start of Syria's civil war four years ago, and around 2 million people have fled across the frontier.

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