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German foreign minister concerned with state of emergency imposed in Turkey

July 21, 9:32 UTC+3 WASHINGTON
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday declared a state of emergency in Turkey for three months
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WASHINGTON, July 21. /TASS/. Germany is concerned with a state of emergency imposed in Turkey after a failed coup attempt, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in a statement on Thursday.

"The declaration of a state of emergency makes it clear once again: the attempted putsch is having a profound effect on Turkish politics and society," Steinmeier said adding that Germany calls on Turkey to exercise restraint in its response to the foiled coup.

"Only provable involvement in illegal acts, not suspected political leanings, should trigger governmental action," the foreign minister added. "It's also critical that the declaration of emergency be restricted to only the necessary duration and then be ended as quickly as possible," he noted.

A group of insurgents attempted a coup in Turkey overnight to Saturday. Bombs were dropped on the parliament building and the presidential palace in Ankara. The country’s leadership later said that the coup was quashed. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that the situation is under the control of the official government.

According to latest reports, about 190 civilians and 100 putschists died and nearly 1,500 more people were injured. Over 6,000 people were arrested after a failed coup attempt. Over 7,500 people were detained on suspicion of involvement into the coup attempt. Among them are two presidential adjutants, 100 policemen, 6,038 servicemen and 755 judges and prosecutors.

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