Nedaa Skeik, a heart surgeon of Palestinian origin from Minnesota, U.S., was stuck inside an Istanbul hotel on July 15 with his wife and three horrified children as they watched the news that a faction of the Turkish army was staging a coup attempt.

"We were very scared upon learning that the soldiers were on the Bosporus Bridge, because a coup d'etat never brings any goodness," Nedaa told Anadolu Agency as he recalled his first-hand experience of the defeated putsch.

Nedaa was just one of the visitors touring a photo exhibition chronicling the coup events set up at the MAS-ICNA convention, one of the largest Muslim gatherings in North America, with nearly 20,000 attendees.

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