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Turkish military coup: Holidaymakers 'relieved to be home'

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Media captionHolidaymakers returning from Turkey give their reaction to the attempted military coup

Holidaymakers from Northern Ireland have said they are "relieved" to be home following a failed military coup in Turkey on Friday.

More than 160 civilians lost their lives during the clashes.

Some passengers returning to Belfast International Airport in the early hours of Sunday spoke to BBC News NI.

Louise McMillan heard helicopters and jets overhead during her holiday, but she had to rely on reports from home to find out what was happening.

"It scared the life out of us, but you've just got to get on and hope for the best", she said.

Another passenger said her daughter was "in a state" at home worrying about her.

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Image caption Images from Turkey appear to show captured soldiers being beaten up by civilians

The Foreign Office has relaxed its advice for British people travelling to Turkey.

It says public places in Ankara and Istanbul, particularly demonstrations, should be avoided.

British Airways will be providing a reduced service to Turkey today after cancelling all flights yesterday.

A flight to Dalaman in the south-west of the country left Belfast International Airport on Saturday afternoon.

Tour operator Thompson said most travellers had decided to continue with their holiday plans.

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