Former assistant professor at Istanbul University’s Faculty of Engineering, E.Ö. was detained along with his family in Turkey’s border town of Meriç as they were attempting to flee to Greece on Saturday.

E.Ö. was an engineering professor at Istanbul University until he was dismissed as part of an investigation into the Gülen movement, which the government considers to be behind a military coup attempt on July 15, 2016.

Gendarmerie forces in Meriç stopped a car upon information provided by an informant earlier and detained E.Ö.; his wife T.Ö.; his children A.K.Ö. and İ.Ö. as well as a driver identified as G.A.

A.K.Ö is reported to be 11 years old while his brother is only 8.

Thousands of people have fled Turkey due to the purge 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.

More than 124,000 people have lost their jobs, 90,000 detained and some 44,000 arrested since the coup attempt. Arrestees include journalists, judges, prosecutors, police and military officers, academics, governors and even a comedian.