Yet another 5 people were caught while they were reportedly on their way to escape from Turkey with illegal means, media said Wednesday.
Gendarmerie rounded up the group in a restricted military area close to Turkey-Greece border.
The group consists of 4 educators and another person, believed to be the organizer. The educators used to work at a prep school which was closed down by the government of ties to the Gulen movement, according to media.
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, 2016. The government accuses the movement of masterminding the coup while the latter denies involvement.
More than 150,000 people have been detained and some 90,000 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 July 19, a woman and her three children died after a boat carrying a group of Turkish asylum seekers capsized in the Evros River while seeking to escape the post-coup crackdown in Turkey.