A woman and three children were reportedly missing after a boat carrying several Turkish asylum seekers capsized in Evros river along Turkey-Greece border.
“A boat carrying Turkish purge victims was capsized on Evros River, Greece, a mom and 3 kids lost in flood, a kid was wearing life west, they all may be alive, rescue units must be urgently deployed to area @UNHCRGreece @Refugees_Gr,” Turkish journalist Cevheri Guven tweeted early Thursday.
Writer Cemil Tokpinar claimed the same day that Greek border police located the missing people on an islet in the river.
According to several other Twitter users, 6 other people from the same boat were rescued alive.
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 150,000 people have been detained and some 80,000 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.