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Turkish intelligence found that rebels were preparing coup attempt several hours before it started
17:02, 19 July 2016
Turkish intelligence found that rebels were preparing coup attempt several hours before it started

General Staff of Armed Forces reported this on Tuesday

17:02, 19 July 2016

timesofisrael.com

The information reached the General Staff at 4 p.m. Friday. The General Staff Chief immediately ordered that military aircraft and ground vehicles stop their movement.

Previously, Turkish President Recep Tayip Erdogan said he’d be killed by rebels, had he stayed in the building in Marmaris resort for another 10-15 minutes. The Turkish leader left the building 30 minutes before the armed rebels arrived.

The military coup attempt in Turkey took place in late hours of July 15 and early hours of July 16. It failed, as the military leadership and the vast majority of common citizens supported Erdogan. 290 people were killed in firefights, another 1,400 were wounded. Thousands were arrested under charges of involvement in the mutiny; thousands of army and police servicemen were fired.    

Former Head of Turkish Air Force Ali Oztürk admitted he was the one who planned and designed the coup attempt; he and dozens of other Turkish rebel servicemen were arrested and brought to trial. 

Related: Turkish Justice Minister: ‘There’s enough evidence of Gülen’s guilt in organizing military coup attempt’

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