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Ankara Suspends Over 5,000 Education Staff Over Alleged Ties to Cleric Gulen

Sputnik News

22:31 12.08.2016

Turkey's Council of Higher Education (YOK) on Friday suspended 5,342 educational workers for alleged ties to cleric Fethullah Gulen suspected of guiding the recent military coup in the country, local media reported.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – According to the Daily Sabah newspaper, 4,225 academics and 1,117 administrative staff from both private and public universities were suspended from duty.

On July 15, an attempted coup took place in Turkey and was suppressed the following day. Over 240 people were killed during the coup attempt and an estimated 2,000 were wounded.

Turkish authorities have already sacked thousands of people across the country, including members of the armed forces, governors, military advisers, prosecutors, intelligence officers and judges. Ankara has accused US-based dissident Muslim cleric Gulen and his followers of playing a key role in the coup. Gulen has denied the accusations.


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