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State of emergency imposed in Istanbul again

July 18, 2016, 4:16 UTC+3 ANKARA

Turkey also deployed additional 1,800 of police special forces in the city

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ANKARA, July 18. /TASS/. The Turkish authorities have introduced a state of emergency in the Turkish city of Istanbul again, the Anadolu news agency reported.

They also deployed additional 1,800 of police special forces in the city.

According to the agency, additional special purpose equipment has also been brought to the city. Reinforced police squads are patrolling the streets.

The city police chief Mustafa Caliskan issued an order to down without warning helicopters that fly over Istanbul without permission from the authorities. 

On the night to July 16, a group of insurgents staged a military coup attempt in Turkey. The main standoff was in Ankara and Istanbul. The Turkish leadership announced that the coup was suppressed. According to the latest information, 290 people were killed and about 1,440 injured in the clashes.

On July 17, armed clashes between the participants of the military coup attempt and the authorities took place near the Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen international airport, as well as at the air base in the city of Konya.

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