Turkey to compensate victims of coup attempt

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  • The attempted coup killed 239 people, according to state media
  • Victims and their families promised payment and job guarantees

(CNN)Turkey announced it will offer compensation and a monthly income to the families of those killed or injured during last month's failed coup attempt.

The military's shortlived attempt to seize power and overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on July 15 claimed 239 lives and injured nearly 2,200 others, according to state media.
    Families of those killed while on duty and civilians will receive a one-time payment of up to 240,000 Turkish liras ($79,000), Labor and Social Security Minister Suleyman Soylu said in a televised interview late Saturday.
    In addition, they will receive a monthly salary of at least 3,200 liras ($1,067) and job guarantees for two family members.
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    The injured will be provided with up to 177,000 liras ($59,000) in a one-time payment, depending on the severity of their injuries, and job guarantees for one family member, the minister said.
    They will also be eligible for an additional compensation of up to 150,000 liras ($50,000) if it resulted in any kind of permanent disability.
    All victims will receive optional individual retirement plans, Soylu added.
    Over 15,000 people were detained and 8,000 arrested after the failed coup, although some have been released.
    An additional 60,000 from various institutions have been fired or suspended as Erdogan consolidates even more power in the coup aftermath.