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Turkish soldiers stand guard at the Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, 16 July 2016.
Photograph: EPA/SEDAT SUNA

Media in Egypt, where the government of President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi has long been at odds with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, rushed into print Saturday with stories that the Turkish leader had been deposed.

"The Turkish Army removes Erdogan" was the headline, with minor variations, on flagship state newspaper al-Ahram and independent newspapers al-Masry al-Youm and al-Watan.

Pro-government newspaper Youm 7 published a Facebook album on "The reasons for the fall of Erdogan," citing his "killing and repression of opponents" and "restrictions on freedoms."

Turkey, led by Erdogan's Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP), was a supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood leader in Egypt, who was democratically elected but then overthrown by the military in a coup in 2013.

Turkey has since cut off diplomatic ties with the Egyptian government, led by al-Sissi, and is sharply critical of Cairo, insisting the first democratic president the country ever had was overthrown.

Prominent pro-government parliamentarian and journalist Mostafa Bakry meanwhile focussed on Syria, writing on Twitter: "Erdogan has gone and [President Bashar] al-Assad remains... Long live the Syrian Arab Army!"

There was reports of celebratory gunfire and fireworks in Syrian areas under the control of al-Assad as news circulated that the Turkish military was attempting to overthrow the government.

Erdogan has backed the Syrian uprising against al-Assad's regime  since it started in 2011.

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