Update: 401,011 Syrians in Turkey return home

A total of 401,011 Syrians in Turkey have returned to their country, Turkish Interior Ministry Spokesman Ismail Catakli said Tuesday.

Turkey currently hosts 3,588,263 Syrians, Catakli said at a monthly news briefing.

Turkey described Syrians in its territory as “guests” instead of refugees and provided them with temporary protection, he noted.

The Turkish authorities caught a total of 2,711 irregular migrants, 253 of which were at sea, and 31 organizers for this illegal human trafficking were detained, he added.

He also briefed about Turkey’s anti-terror operations across the country.

“A total of 8,163 operations across rural areas were carried out, including three major operations and 27 medium-sized ones, and 252 operations were carried out in cities in April,” the spokesman said.

A total of 37 “terrorists” were killed during anti-terror operations in April, Catakli noted, referring to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

The PKK, listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the EU, has fought a 30-year war against the Turkish government, claiming the lives of more than 40,000.