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Greece: Police Stop Truck with Arab Migrants Inside

Greece: Police Stop Truck with Arab Migrants Inside

Saturday, 20 April, 2019 - 10:15
Afghan migrants arrive on a dinghy on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing a part of the Aegean Sea between Turkey and Greece, August 6, 2015. REUTERS/Yiannis Kourtoglou
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Greek police said Saturday they have stopped a truck with stolen license plates and found 59 undocumented migrants, including Arabs, inside.

The truck was stopped Friday afternoon on the highway about 30 kilometers east of Thessaloniki, because it had Bulgarian license plates that had been reported stolen.

Behind a few boxes of insulation materials lay the 59 migrants, about half from Somalia and the rest from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, Eritrea, Iraq, Palestine and Sudan, police announced Saturday.

The migrants told police they had paid 1,500 euros ($1,690) each to a trafficker in Turkey who helped them cross into Greece by boat, before boarding the truck.

The 61-year-old Bulgarian driver was arrested.

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