By Halil Fidan
IZMIR, Turkey (AA) - At least 21 irregular migrants were held in Turkey's western province of Izmir, according to sources Saturday.
Coast Guard teams launched a rescue mission after receiving calls for help from a rubber boat off the Seferihisar coast.
Turkey has been a main route for irregular migrants trying to cross to Europe, especially since 2011, the beginning of the Syrian civil war.
*Writing by Erdogan Cagatay Zontur