At least three people were detained while they were allegedly on their way to flee Turkey’s post-coup crackdown to Greece, Dogan news agency said on Jan 29.

A woman, identified as H.S., as well as her three children were stopped in the Saçlımüsellim village in Edirne, Turkey’s border province with Greece

Dogan said the woman and the children are family members of Ö.S., an Edirne man who is being sought by police over his ties to the Gulen movement.

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.

Some 150,000 have lost their jobs, more than 126,000 have been detained and some 56,000 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.