A total of 11 people have been stopped near in Edirne province while they were reportedly on their way to Greece, media reported.

State-run Anadolu news agency said Monday that Edirne police stopped caught 11 people in 2 cars and a bus near Ipsala district.

Eleven suspects include former judge Ismail Kurt as well as doctors, engineers and teachers who were earlier removed from their jobs as part of the Turkish government’s post-coup crackdown.

Thousands of people have fled Turkey due to a massive witch-hunt launched by the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government against true or alleged followers 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.