Covid-19: Stranded Turkish nationals rescued, brought home

by Abdulmumeen S. Yitta

More than 60, 000 Turkish citizens stranded in foreign countries due to the coronavirus pandemic have been brought back home.

While disclosing this on Sunday April 26, 2020, Turkey Foreign Minister, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, said, “Until today, we have brought more than 60,000 of our citizens home.”

The minister further stated that 20,000 foreigners who lived in Turkey have been repatriated to their respective countries.

“We also enabled nearly 20,000 foreigners in Turkey to return to their countries,” he added.

As a part of the ongoing repatriation effort, about 506 Turkish nationals were evacuated from African countries.

Among them are 207 Turkish citizens from Somalia and Djibouti who arrived on a special Turkey airline. They were immediately given routine checks and would be quarantined at Nevşehir and Niğde provinces.

Another 133 nationals and 10 North Macedonians arrived in the Aegean İzmir province from Nigeria and Ghana and would be quarantining for two weeks at Aegean province of Aydın.

More 166 Turkish nationals from Senegal arrived in Istanbul and Mauritania. They would undergo their quarantine period at the northwestern Düzce province.

Meanwhile, on Friday 25, Yavuz Selim Kıran, Deputy Foreign Minister disclosed that 1,411 Turkish citizens were evacuated from eight different countries which are: United States, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mauritania, Nigeria, Senegal and Somalia.

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