Over 100 refugees found in refrigerated truck in Bulgaria
Nov.1, Ankara: At least 129 refugees have been found in a refrigerated truck on the Bulgarian border with Turkey, local news reported.
According to a Bulgarian state news agency, the refrigerated truck driven by a Turkish citizen attempted to enter Bulgaria at the Kapitan Andreevo border checkpoint with Turkey.
Among the refugees, 33 were women and 58 were children. They were found without identity documents. The driver was detained while the identity of the refugees is still being established, local news reported.
Meanwhile, Bulgarian authorities detained at least 495 "illegally residing foreigners and 16 smugglers" during a large-scale joint operation, the agency reported.
Police in the past week checked at least 5,987 vehicles, 2,895 sites, the interior ministry said.
The UNHCR said at least 13,000 asylum-seekers chose the path through Bulgaria since January, in search of a safer route to Europe.
A report released by the UNHCR says it costs around $6,700 to have a smuggler take refugees over the land border to Bulgaria.
The Oslo Times