A dismissed teacher, identified only by initials H.Y.Y., and an Istanbul businessman, A.B., have been detained during their second attempt to flee Turkey’s post-coup crackdown to Greece.

H.Y.Y. and A.B. were briefly detained for attempting to illegally cross Turkey’s Greek border in Edirne’s Serem village on Sept 24.

Two days after the incident, gendarmerie stopped five people near Rahmanca, another Edirne village 7 km away from Serem. The suspects, accused of attempting to illegal entry to Greece, included H.Y.Y. and A.B., according to media.

H.Y.Y. was earlier removed from his job for his/her alleged sympathy towards the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Turkey has dismissed more than 33,000 teachers as part of its post-coup crackdown. Most of those sacked had their passports invalidated, barring them from seeking employment abroad. Amid the crackdown, many people attempted illegal entry to Greece with some having been arrested near the border and, on some occasions, drowned in the Evros river between the two countries.

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