A Karabuk couple, both teachers who were earlier removed from their jobs over alleged ties to the Gulen movement, was arrested pending trial after they were caught trying to flee to Greece.

The teacher couple, identified as S.M and H.M, was rounded up along with 10 others near Büyükdoğanca village in Edirne, Turkey’s border province with Greece on Dec 26.

Media said on Jan 5 that the couple was put in pretrial detention in Karabuk.

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.