Turkish authorities arrested at least 10 people, including the niece of cleric Fethullah Gülen, accused of masterminding the 2016 coup attempt, while seeking to illegally enter neighboring Greece.

According to pro-government Yeni Şafak daily, Gülen’s nephew, Sümeyye Gülen, was among the arrestees.

Thousands of people have fled Turkey due to the witch-hunt carried out by the Turkish government against sympathizers of the Gülen group. Many tried to escape Turkey by illegal means as the government had cancelled their passports like thousands of others. On Feb 13, 2018 at least three people died and five others went missing after a boat carrying a group of eight capsized in the Evros River while seeking to escape the post-coup crackdown in Turkey.

Greece’s asylum service says more than 1,800 Turkish citizens requested sanctuary in 2017, a tenfold increase over the previous year. This puts Greece in second place behind Germany as an EU destination of choice for Turks believed to be fleeing the sweeping measures following the coup bid.