13 migrants found frozen to death after crossing Iran-Turkey border




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Istanbul – No fewer than 13 migrants died in a snowstorm in eastern Turkey night after crossing the border Iran, a human rights organisation of Van province in Turkey said late Saturday.

The had reached the mountains in the Caldiran district, where they were caught in a snowstorm and frozen to death.

Mehmet Bilmez, the Governor of the province, said he had been notified that 13 had died after crossing the illegally, in remarks to state news agency Anadolu.

Bilmez said the weather conditions had prevented the emergency services Afad reaching the area.

He said that the migrants’ nationalities were not confirmed but according to a report in the Evrensel newspaper, 10 came Afghanistan and three from Kobane, a town on the between Turkey and Syria.

(dpa/NAN)