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Turkey sacks 18,500 state employees over alleged 'terror' links

Some 18,632 people have been sacked including 8,998 police officers 3,077 army soldiers Some 18,632 people have been sacked including 8,998 police officers 3,077 army soldiers
Kenny Thornton | 11 July, 2018, 13:18

A total of 18,632 Turkish state employees have been dismissed from their posts by a statutory decree under Turkey's state of emergency over their links with terror groups, according to the official gazette Sunday.

Turkey has been in a state of emergency since the attempted overthrow of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in July 2016. Three newspapers, one TV channel and 12 associations have also been shut down, amid claims that they posed a security risk to the state, reports Bloomberg.

Turkish media dubbed the decree as the "last" with officials indicating the state of emergency could end as early as Monday.

However, Erdogan said during his election campaign that if deemed necessary, the state of emergency will return, especially if the country faces "terror threats".

The state of emergency has been renewed seven times and the latest is officially due to end on July 19.

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Over 110,000 public sector employees have been removed from their jobs under emergency decrees since July 2016, while tens of thousands more have been suspended in a clampdown criticised by Ankara's western allies.

In Turkey's Ground Forces, 3,077 officers have been dismissed, while in Navy the number was 1,126 and in Air Force, 1,949 officers and non-commissioned officers have been sacked.

While majority were detained for a long period of time, nearly half of them were charged for having alleged links to exiled Turkish preacher Fethullah Gulen, whom the government accused of being the architect behind the coup.

Since the coup attempt, some 50,000 people, including dozens of journalists, were arrested in a massive crackdown on alleged Gulen supporters.

Tens of thousands of others have been fired or suspended in the vast purge.

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