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    Ankara Asks Athens to Return Alleged Coup Supporters Who Arrived in Greece

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    Turkey asked Greece to return alleged coup participants, who had arrived to the Greek city of Alexandroupolis and asked for political asylum, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Saturday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, a helicopter with eight Turkish citizens, including seven alleged coup supporters on board landed in Alexandroupolis.

    "We have asked Greece to immediately return eight servicemen-betrayers, who have run there on a helicopter," Cavusoglu said.

    Late on Friday, Turkish authorities said that an attempted coup is taking place in the country. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Turkish citizens to take to streets, stating that the coup attempt was carried out by a small group within the military. The coup attempt was reportedly suppressed by early Saturday, with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim stating that all coup supporters have been detained and the country is returning to normal life. Over 180 were killed and 1470 were injured during the events, while nearly 3,000 people have been detained, according to the prime minister.


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