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Turkey dismisses 2,341 doctors in post-coup witch-hunt

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A total of 2,341 doctors have been fired from their jobs by way of government decrees that were issued under post-coup emergency rule, according to data from the Turkish Doctors Union (TBB).

Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 that killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement, inspired by US-based Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen. The movement denies the accusations.

More than 120,000 people have been purged from state bodies, nearly 80,000 detained and some 40,000 arrested since the coup attempt.

With only two provinces – Kırklareli and Hakkari – out of 81 not to have seen the dismissal of doctors, no radiologist was available in the largest Kurdish city of Diyarbakır as a result of the ever-growing witch-hunt.

Most of those doctors were dismissed over alleged or real ties to the Gülen movement. (Turkey Purge)

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