Turkey deported 11 French citizens over links to the ISIS terrorist group, the Interior Ministry announced on Monday, in what some see as retribution over President Macron’s recent statements on Turkey.
The ministry statement said the extradition process continues for other foreign terrorists.
The issue of the handling of ISIS members and their families detained in Syria, including foreign members of the terror group, has been controversial, with Turkey arguing foreign-born terrorists should be returned to their countries of origin.
Ankara has said several European countries turned down its efforts to send ISIS members back to their countries.
Turkey has so far deported 7,500 ISIS members, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said last week, adding that there are currently 1,149 ISIS terrorists in Turkish prisons.