Turkey dismisses close to 15,000 more in post-coup probe – official decree

Pro-government demonstrators hold a giant Turkish flag during a march over the Bosphorus Bridge from the Asian to the European side of Istanbul, Turkey, July 21, 2016. REUTERS/Osman Orsal
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ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey dismissed close to 15,000 more civil servants, military officials, police and others and shut down more than 500 institutions and news outlets on Tuesday over alleged links to a failed coup in July, an official decree said.

Some 1,988 personnel from the Turkish Armed Forces, 7,586 from the police force, 403 from the gendarmerie, and more than 5,000 from public institutions were dismissed in Tuesday’s crackdown. The total number dismissed since the July coup attempt exceeds 110,000.

The decree also announced the closing of more than 550 institutions, 18 charities, and nine media outlets.

(Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by Paul Tait)


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