Thirty-two Syria refugees were discovered on a deserted beach in the southern province of Antalya on Dec. 7, after asking for help from gendarmerie officers, Hurriyet Daily News reported.
The group of refugees, including six women and a baby, had gathered at night on the beach near Antalya's Kash district, to wait for unidentified men who had made a deal to transport them by boat to the Greek island of Rhodes. After nobody came for hours, the refugees finally asked for help in the early morning.
The group was exhausted, hungry and cold when gendarmerie officers arrived in the forested area where they had been waiting, according to officials. They will now probably be transferred to the nearest refugee camp, officials added.
An investigation has been launched into human trafficking networks in the area, which organize the transit of refugees and illegal migrants to Europe via Turkey.