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    Travel Ban Imposed on Turkey's Academics After Coup Attempt

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    Turkey’s Higher Education Council (YOK) banned its professors and university instructors from traveling abroad in wake of a coup attempt that fell short late last week, Turkish television reported citing a YOK source.

    ANKARA (Sputnik) – The ban is imposed both on personal and official trips, according to the NTV broadcaster.

    Turkish authorities earlier banned all civil servants from foreign travel as part of a large-scale crackdown on alleged coup plotters. 

    Late on Friday, the Turkish authorities said that an attempted coup was taking place in the country. The coup attempt was suppressed by early Saturday. Turkish authorities have already sacked thousands of people across the country, including members of the armed forces, governors, military advisers, prosecutors, intelligence officers and judges. The Turkish government has accused US-based Muslim cleric Muhammed Fethullah Gulen of having played a key role in the coup.

    Almost 300 people were killed and more than 1,400 wounded during the failed coup which saw warplanes fire on key government installations and tanks rolling into Ankara and Istanbul.

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