Thirty-three civilians, including businessmen and teachers, were detained as part of ongoing operations throughout Sunday and Saturday targeting the followers of the Gülen movement due to their use of a smart phone application known as ByLock.

 The operations, which were based in the southeastern province of Siirt, were conducted across 18 provinces.

 Turkish authorities believe ByLock is a communication tool between members of the Gülen movement.

 Tens of thousands of civil servants, police officers and businessmen have either been dismissed or arrested for using ByLock since a failed coup attempt last July.

 The detainees were reportedly dismissed from profession with recent decrees issued by Turkish government in the aftermath of the coup attempt.