After failed coup, Istanbul official shot in head; Turkey-Israel deal reportedly unaffected


( The deputy mayor of Istanbul's Sisli district was shot in the head and is in critical condition just a day after Turkey’s military unsuccessfully attempted a coup to topple the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over the weekend. 

Istanbul's Sisli district. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

The Turkish broadcaster NTV reported that the shooter entered the office of Deputy Mayor Cemil Candas, and shots were then heard. It is unclear if the shooting is related to the failed coup, but the major Turkish opposition party, the Republican People's Party,is a stronghold in the Sisli district. 

Meanwhile, Erdogan’s government, which remains in power, has indicated that Turkey's recently reached reconciliation agreement with Israel is unaffected by the coup attempt.

"We are not backing out of our reconciliation agreement with Israel," a Turkish official said, Israel Hayom reported. "The coup attempt and the latest developments in Turkey will not have any effect on it."

Posted on July 18, 2016 .