Over 1,000 Algerian passengers stranded at Istanbul airport
Algiers is refusing to let them back into the country, according to IGA Airport Operations.
"We, as IGA, Turkish Red Crescent, Turkish Airlines and Havas [bus company] have been trying to satisfy the humanitarian needs and requirements of over 1,000 Algerian visitors for several days now," the operator said in a statement on Twitter.
"The Turkish government has been making efforts for a week now to persuade the Algerian government to grant landing rights for the affected flights."
The death toll from the highly contagious respiratory illness reached 44 in Turkey on Tuesday, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said. The number of coronavirus cases increased by 343 to 1,872 in total.
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