A total of twenty-three people including 6 children were intercepted while they were reportedly on their way to escape to Greek islands in the Aegean Sea.

Media reported Sunday that the group was rounded up in a boat near Ciplak Island off Balikesir’s resort district of Ayvalik from where they were headed to Greece’s Lesvos.

Detainees include teachers, medical workers, police officers, a court clerk, a doctor, a court clerk, a medical worker, military officers and two other public employees who all lost their jobs over their alleged ties to the Gulen movement earlier.

The group included 6 children.

Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15, 2016 and an ensuing crackdown has left thousands of victims behind. Thousands of people have fled Turkey due to a massive witch-hunt launched by the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government against all kinds of opposition.

More than 510,000 people have been detained and some 100,000 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.