More than 1,600 Turkish military personnel discharged after failed coup attempt

Source: XinhuaEditor: Ouyang
2016-07-28 09:12

People participate in a rally in support of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Ataturk airport in Istanbul, Turkey, July 18, 2016. Turkey's Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Sunday that the failed military coup has left at least 290 people killed and more than 6,000 have been detained so far due to their involvement in the coup. (Xinhua/He Canling)

ANKARA, July 27 (Xinhua) -- A total of 1,684 military personnel, including generals, were discharged from Turkish armed forces on Wednesday with a statutory decree after the failed coup attempt, local media NTV reported.

Discharged military personnel were identified as members or related to the Fethullahist Organization.

The U.S-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen is accused by Ankara of plotting the July 15 coup attempt.

A total of 149 generals and admirals were dismissed from the army, according to the official gazette published on late Wednesday.

Meanwhile, 1,099 commissioned officers and 436 non-commissioned officers are among the dismissed.

Gendarmerie and coast guard command ships were also brought under control of the interior ministry.

According to the official gazette, three news agencies, 23 radio stations, 16 TV channels, 45 newspapers, 15 magazines and 29 publishing houses were also closed.

A total of 8,651 soldiers, which made up 1.5 percent of the military's total personnel, took part in the failed coup attempt, the Turkish general staff said on Wednesday.

So far, 10,012 soldiers have been detained as a part of the investigation into the coup attempt, which left at least 290 people, including more than 100 "coup plotters," killed, authorities said.

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