At least 10 people were detained in Turkey’s border province of Edirne while they were on their way to escape to the Greece, media reported on Feb 20.
Dogan news agency said gendarmerie stopped a car near the Elçili village in Edirne and rounded up the suspects, some of whom were facing warrants over ties to the Gulen movement.
The detainees included 2 teachers, 5 children and 3 others. Gendarmerie also detained a driver on charges of human smuggling.
Seized were an inflatable boat, a pump, a paddle and 10 life vests.
Media said the children were handed over to their relatives while the remaining were being questioned over their quest to escape illegally.
Thousands of people have fled Turkey due to a massive witch-hunt launched by the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government against sympathizers of the Gülen movement in the wake of a failed coup attempt on July 15. The government accuses the movement of masterminding the coup while the latter denies involvement.
More than 126,000 people have been detained and some 56,000 including academics, judges, doctors, teachers, lawyers, students, policemen and many from different backgrounds have been put in pre-trial detention since last summer.
Many tried to escape Turkey via illegal ways as the government cancelled their passports like thousands of others.
On Feb 13, at least three people died and five others were missing after a boat carrying a group of eight capsized in the Evros River while seeking to escape a post-coup crackdown in Turkey.