Iran bringing nationals home from Turkey after failed coup on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

July 17, 2016 6:30 pm

People pose with policemen after
troops involved in the coup surrendered on the Bosphorus Bridge in
Istanbul, , on July 16, 2016. © Reuters

is sending at least 20
planes to Turkey to bring home its nationals stranded in the country hit
by an abortive military coup, Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization (CAO)
says.

Reza Jafarzadeh, the CAO’s public
relations director said on Sunday that Iran had dispatched 20 flights to
Turkey since Saturday evening to transfer Iranian passengers.
He
said 17 flights have returned to Iran so far, adding that the process
will continue until the complete transfer of all Iranians.
This as
Iran resumed scheduled flights to Turkey on Sunday after the attempted
military coup against the Turkish government failed.
“Scheduled flights of Iranian airliners and Turkish airliners resumed today,” Jafarzadeh added.
Following the coup attempt and closure of airports in Turkey, all flights were suspended on Friday night, he noted.
On
Saturday, the deputy director of Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International
Airport (IKIA) said Iran had suspended all flights to Turkey after the
coup bid in the neighboring country.
“All flights from this
airport (IKIA) to Turkey have been suspended until further notice in
order to ensure the safety of passengers,” Kourosh Fattahi told the
official IRNA agency.
The military coup began late on Friday,
when a faction of the Turkish military blocked Istanbul’s iconic
Bosphorus Bridge and strafed the headquarters of Turkish intelligence
and parliament in the capital, Ankara.
Tanks, helicopters and soldiers clashed with police and people on the streets of the two main Turkish cities.
Turkish
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan rushed back to Istanbul from a
Mediterranean holiday and called on people to defy the coup plotters’
orders of a curfew and stage a rally in support of his government.

Supporters
of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gather at Taksim square in
Istanbul to support the government on July 16, 2016, following a failed
coup attempt. © AFPWith the putsch foiled,
Turkish authorities rounded up almost 6,000 suspected military plotters
on Saturday and ordered 2,745 judges and prosecutors to be arrested.
According
to the latest reports, the death toll from Turkey’s failed coup stands
at over 290, including 161 civilians and security forces as well as 104
coup supporters.

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