Turkey orders arrest of 176 military personnel over suspected Gulen links

Western allies of Turkey say Erdogan is using the failed coup to quash dissent. (File/AFP)
Updated 09 July 2019

Turkey orders arrest of 176 military personnel over suspected Gulen links

  • The operation included the army, air force and navy
  • More than 77,000 people were jailed since the failed putsch in 2016

ISTANBUL: 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’ office said on Tuesday.
Among those facing arrest were a colonel, two lieutenant colonels, five majors, seven captains and 100 lieutenants in an operation encompassing the army, air force and navy, the statement said.
Ankara says US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen masterminded the failed putsch on July 15, 2016. He has denied any involvement.
In the 3-year purge since the coup attempt, more than 77,000 people have been jailed pending trial and about 150,000 civil servants, military personnel and others have been sacked or suspended from their jobs.
Turkey’s Western allies and rights groups have criticized the scale of the crackdown, saying President Tayyip Erdogan has used the abortive coup as a pretext to quash dissent.
Ankara has defended the clampdown as a necessary response to the scale of the security threat which Turkey faces, vowing to eradicate Gulen’s network.


Beirut hit by massive explosions wounding many and damaging buildings

Updated 35 min 27 sec ago

Beirut hit by massive explosions wounding many and damaging buildings

  • Health minister says very high number of injuries
  • Huge blast followed another explosion and fire at port

BEIRUT: Two massive explosions shook Beirut on Tuesday wounding many people and causing widespread damage.

The afternoon blasts shook several parts of the capital and thick smoke billowed from the city center. Residents reported windows being blown out and a false ceilings dropping.

Lebanon's health minister Hamad Hasan said the explosion caused a "very high number of injuries."

The explosions appeared to be centered around Beirut's port and caused wide scale destruction and shattered windows miles away. The blast followed an initial explosion and fire.

Videos showed the second huge explosion and massive shockwave. People could be heard screaming and running from restaurants and their homes. 

Lebanon’s officials news agency said the incident was due to an explosion in a fireworks warehouse by the port.

*With agencies