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7/30/16

Turkey coup attempt: Government cancels 50,000 passports amid international concern over crackdown

The Turkish government has cancelled the passports of around 50,000 people to prevent them leaving the country as a crackdown continues following a failed coup.

Efkan Ala, the interior minister, said more than 18,000 have so far been detained over the attempt to oust President Tayyip Erdogan, while thousands of government staff are under investigation.

The purges have provoked alarm in the international community, presenting a major stumbling block for Turkey’s campaign to join the European Union.

Read more: Turkey coup attempt: Government cancels 50,000 passports amid international concern over crackdown | Europe | News | The Independent

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