US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen at his home in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, US. File/Reuters
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Turkey has ordered the arrest of 238 people over alleged links to a group blamed for a 2016 coup bid. Tens of thousands of people have been detained on similar grounds since the coup attempt.
State-owned Anadolu news agency reported on Tuesday that Turkey has ordered the arrest in an operation targeting suspects in the military allegedly linked to a preacher who Ankara says was behind a 2016 failed coup.
Turkey orders the arrest of hundreds of military over alleged coup ties .
The operation, led by prosecutors in the western city of Izmir, was spread over 60 provinces. It said the investigation targeted suspects in the army and air force, was part of a four-year-old crackdown against the network of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen. He denies involvement in the July 2016 putsch attempt, in which more than 250 people were killed, according to the Adadolu news agency.
Anadolu said 160 people had been detained in the latest police raids, ordered by prosecutors in Izmir. It said suspects were also targeted in northern Cyprus, where the Turkish military is deployed, according to Reuters.
Among the suspects were 218 serving military personnel, including six colonels, three lieutenant colonels and nine majors, Anadolu said.
Since the coup attempt, about 80,000 people have been held pending trial and some 150,000 civil servants, military personnel and others have been sacked or suspended. More than 20,000 people had been expelled from the Turkish military.
Turkey has ordered the detention of 133 military personnel over suspected links to a network Ankara accuses of organising an attempted coup in 2016, the state-run Anadolu news agency said on Tuesday.
Turkey has ordered the arrest of 176 serving military personnel over suspected links to the network which Ankara says was behind an attempted coup three years ago, the Istanbul chief prosecutors’
A Turkish court is set to hand down verdicts on Thursday to more than 220 suspects in one of the biggest trials relating to the 2016 failed overthrow of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
UAE's Embassy in London welcomed over 500 friends from the UK, UAE, and internationally to a grand reception at London’s famed Natural History Museum in South Kensington to commemorate 51 years since the founding of the UAE.
"On this day, we commemorate the bright memory of the Founding Fathers, led by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and his brothers, the Founders of the Nation, as well as their determination, wisdom and vision that established the Union.”
President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan said that the 51st UAE National Day is a day to recall lessons of the past, and look at the present with awareness and contemplation, while looking to the future with hope, optimism and confidence.