Police in Rodopi, northeast Greece, arrested 2 migrant smugglers and 20 illegal migrants, while another 11 illegals were arrested in Feres near Alexandroupolis also in the northeast, it was announced on Thursday.
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.