Gendarmerie forces rounded up 20 people in Turkey’s border province of Edirne as they were attempting to flee to Greece on Thursday.
State-run Anadolu Agency said the detainees were among hundreds of thousands of people who were dismissed as part of Turkey’s sweeping post-coup witch hunt.
Anadolu also reported that 14 of the detainees were immediately arrested.
Thousands of people have fled Turkey due to the purge 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 124,000 people have lost their jobs, 90,000 detained and some 44,000 arrested since the coup attempt. Arrestees include journalists, judges, prosecutors, police and military officers, academics, governors and even a comedian.