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13:44 19.07.2016(updated 15:05 19.07.2016)
The Turkish Armed Forces confirmed in a statement Tuesday it had prior knowledge of a military faction’s coup plot late last week.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Media reports emerged that an uncovered plot forced the faction to move the coup's date — initially it had been planned to be carried out in the early hours of July 16.
"On July 15 the Turkish National Intelligence Organization (MIT) was informed [about the coup attempt]… in this regard… the country’s airspace was closed, military aircraft flights were prohibited," the armed forces said.
Thousands of judiciary and senior civil service members have been removedfrom office in Turkey and thousands of military personnel were arrested.