In July 2016, a coup attempt took place in Turkey, leaving over 240 people killed and some 2,000 injured. Responding to the failed coup, Ankara introduced a national state of emergency, facilitating waves of arrests across the country targeting military, officials, legal and educational workers, as well as journalists and human rights activists allegedly tied to the attempted takeover.
ANKARA (Sputnik) - The Turkish government has ordered the firing of 2,756 more public servants and military servicemen over alleged links to Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen's movement referred to as the Fethullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) by Ankara and accused of being behind the failed coup attempt in July 2016.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - An Istanbul prosecutor on Friday requested life imprisonment for nearly 160 former servicemen over attempts to seize the city's Ataturk Airport during the July 15, 2016, coup attempt, Daily Sabah newspaper reported.
While Turkey continues to demand that the US extradite Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen for his reported role organizing the 2016 coup attempt, it maintains that recent allegations that it sought to have the religious leader kidnapped and repatriated are "ludicrous."
Amid the ongoing arrests of people Ankara suspects of being linked to the organization it blames for last year’s military coup attempt, Turkey’s security measures remain in place.