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Turkey Marks 1 Year Since July 15 Coup Attempt Quashed

On July 15 last year, the coup plotters bombed the Turkey's parliament and other locations but their attempt failed.

Associated Press

Updated:July 15, 2017, 3:35 PM IST
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Turkey Marks 1 Year Since July 15 Coup Attempt Quashed
In this early Saturday, July 16, 2016 file photo, smoke from fires caused by forces' attempting a coup bombardment, billows from an area near the Presidential Palace, front right, in Ankara, Turkey. (AP Photo)
Istanbul: Turkey is commemorating the first anniversary of quashing last summer's coup attempt with events over the weekend in Istanbul and Ankara.

Thousands are expected at "national unity marches" in the two cities, and speeches are planned in parliament and at an iconic Istanbul bridge.

Turkish soldiers attempted to overthrow the government and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan using tanks, warplanes and helicopters on July 15 last year. The coup plotters bombed the country's parliament and other locations but their attempt failed.

Heeding a call by the president and ignoring a curfew announced by the coup plotters, thousands of people went out on the streets to resist the coup. Some 250 people were killed and more than 2,000 were injured. Thirty-five coup plotters were also killed.
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