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Over 200 people died Friday night in Turkey following an attempted coup , said Umit Dundar, a deputy chief in the military.

A Turkish helicopter carrying eight men who participated in the coup, landed in Greece Saturday.

The men have requested political asylum, Greek government spokeswoman Olga Gerovasili said.

In response to this news, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu tweeted that Turkey has “requested the immediate surrender of 8 heinous soldiers who escaped to Greece with a helicopter.”

Greece is considering the asylum request, and the helicopter — which landed at an airport in Alexandroupoli, near the Turkish border — will be returned to Turkish authorities, Gerovasili said.

The helicopter landed after issuing a distress signal regarding a mechanical failure, Gerovasili said.

Turkish military authorities have closed the airspace around Turkey’s Incirlik air base — the site Turkey allows the United States to use for operations related to its air campaign against ISIS in Syria and Iraq — a U.S. defense official told CNN on Saturday.

This has led to a halt in U.S. airstrike missions against ISIS from that location, the official said on condition of anonymity.

Turkish officials told the United States that the airspace has been closed until they can make sure all elements of the Turkish air force are in the hands of pro-government forces following Friday’s coup attempt, the U.S. official said.

There was one exception: A small number of U.S. planes that already were on missions before the airspace closed have been allowed to return and land at Incirlik, the official said, adding that there is no clear understanding about how long the airspace closure will last.

Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, demanded Saturday that the United States arrest or extradite Fethullah Gulen.

Gulen is a cleric and former ally that Erdogan blames for the failed coup attempt.

Currently living in exile in Pennsylvania, Gulen has denied any connection to the coup attempt and he condemned it.

“This country suffered a lot in the hands of the Gulen movement,” Erdogan told supporters.