Turkey bans educators from traveling abroad after military coup attempt

A police officer stands guard next to a damaged car at the entrance of the police headquarters in Ankara, Turkey on July 18. Photo by Osman Orsal/Reuters

Turkey reportedly placed a temporary ban on academics leaving the country for work-related purposes on Wednesday as part of its investigation into an attempted coup last week.

Meanwhile, the total number of individuals who are "suspended, detained or are under investigation" reached 60,000, according to Reuters.

After issuing a temporary ban on international travel for professional scholars, the government reportedly suspended four university rectors, who manage their schools.

Citing an unnamed Turkish official, Reuters reported Wednesday that 6,500 employees of the education ministry have been suspended a day after the government revoked 21,000 licenses for teachers employed by private schools. The education ministry also suspended an additional 15,200 personnel on Tuesday, and the High Education Board demanded 1,577 deans at private and public institutions step down, reported the Associated Press.

Shortly after Friday's attempted coup, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to find those responsible. "They will pay a heavy price for this," he said. "This uprising is a gift from God to us because this will be a reason to cleanse our army."

More than 50,000 civil service employees, including police, judges and the military, have been fired since the coup, the AP reported.

About 900 police officers from Ankara, where the presidential palace was bombed, have been suspended. As of two days ago, the government had suspended nearly 8,000 officers across the country.

In addition to more than 2,700 judges fired within a day after Erdogan returned to Turkey, 262 military judges have been suspended, according to private broadcaster NTV.

Arrests have also heavily impacted the armed forces, with 99 of Turkey's 360 active military generals awaiting trial for charges filed since the coup, according to Reuters.

Erdogan declared a three-month state of emergency Wednesday to help quell the turmoil that began Friday, when members of the military mobilized tanks and helicopters in an attempt to remove the president from power.

The government blames the coup attempt on cleric Fethullah Gulen, who resides in Pennsylvania, and has requested his extradition from the U.S.

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