At least three people were detained while they were allegedly on their way to flee Turkey’s post-coup crackdown to Greece, media said on Dec 31.

State-run Anadolu news agency gendarmerie rounded up three people, identified as M.A., A.C.E. and G.H. in the restricted military area in Edirne, Turkey’s border province with Greece.

Anadolu said M.A. was earlier dismissed from his job as a teaching assistant at the Yildiz Technical University and A.C.E. from Dokuz Eylul University over alleged links to the Gulen movement. Meanwhile, G.H. used to work for a prep school affiliated with the movement in Izmir.

Gendarmerie also detained a Pakistani national who is accused of helping them in their departure from Turkey.

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.

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