37,582 irregular migrants had been deported from Istanbul in 2019.
Scores of Palestinians from the besieged Gaza Strip who have been stranded in Turkey following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic have appealed to President Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian embassy to help them return to the enclave, reported Middle East Monitor earlier this week.
The Palestinians said they understand that Cairo International Airport, the only port for them to enter the besieged enclave, is closed.
There are nearly 1,000 Palestinians who wish to return to the Gaza Strip including those who came for treatment, study, tourism or work.
“We appeal to the Palestinian embassy in Turkey to communicate with the Palestinian embassy in Cairo to arrange special flights for stranded Palestinians in Turkey,” they added.
Some Palestinians had repotedly been forced to sleep in public parks after running out of money, while others risk being made homeless as they are unable to maintain rent payments.