Spanish police say they have broken up a human trafficking ring smuggling people fleeing the Syrian conflict into Europe.
At least 18 arrests were made in Madrid. Those detained include the suspected head of the operation, a Lebanese national.
Police say the network was also starting to target Iraqi candidates, seeking exile from their war-torn country.
Migrants are said to have paid up to 10,000 euros each – including for fake documents – travelling initially to Asia or South America.
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