Turkey fires over 2,700 public workers

Turkey said on Sunday that 2,756 people were dismissed from their jobs in public institutions including soldiers, teachers and ministry personnel over alleged links to "terror" organizations.

Soldiers, teachers and military personnel sacked over alleged links to 'terror' groups

More than 2,700 public employees in Turkey were arrested on Sunday for alleged links to terror groups, likely those linked to exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen who President Tayyip Erdogan, above, blames for a failed coup attempt. (Presidential Press Service/Associated Press)

Turkey said on Sunday that 2,756 people were dismissed from their jobs in public institutions including soldiers, teachers and ministry personnel over links to "terror" organizations.

The dismissed personnel were found to be members of, or linked to, "terror" groups, structures and entities that act against national security, according to a decree published in the Official Gazette.

Some 50,000 people have been arrested since a failed putsch in July last year and about 150,000 have been dismissed or suspended from their posts, including soldiers, police, teachers and public servants, over alleged links with the movement of U.S-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.

The government accused Gulen of organizing the attempted coup. Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania since 1999, has denied the accusation and condemned the coup.

Rights groups and some Western allies fear President Tayyip Erdogan is using the attempted coup as a pretext to stifle dissent.

The government argues the crackdown is necessary due to the gravity of the coup attempt, in which 240 people were killed.

Later Sunday, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Turkey would employ an additional 110,000 public servants in 2018 including teachers, medical and religious personnel. 

Speaking in the southern border town of Kilis, Yildirim said the government would hire an extra 36,000 medical personnel and 20,000 teachers.