DIAS motorcycle police officers in Rodopi found the illegal migrants hidden in a truck following a chase on Egnatia Odos national motorway when its driver refused to stop for a routine check. A Palestinian driver and a Tunisian co-driver were arrested, as well as 20 illegal migrants found in the truck (12 Palestinians, an Iraqi and 7 Kuwaitis).
In a separate incident, police arrested 11 illegal migrants (10 Iraqis and an Iranian) they had been spotted in a rural region in Feres where they were waiting for a truck to transport them to Athens. Authorities also arrested an Iraqi smuggler while two others managed to flee.
Both trucks had been stolen in the greater Athens region.