Sources close to one of Turkey's intelligence services has said that the UAE government helped the coup plotters in Turkey before the unsuccessful coup was launched.

the United Arab Emirates government used exiled Fatah leader Mohammed Dahlan as an intermediary with the US-based cleric accused of orchestrating the plot by Turkey, the sources told MEE.

Dahlan is accused to have helped the plot by transferring money to the coup plotters in Turkey in the weeks before the coup and communicating with Fethullah Gulen, whom the Turkish government accused of having masterminded the plot, via a businessman based in the United States.

Throughout the night of the attempted coup on 15 July, media outlets influenced by the UAE claimed that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had fled the country. The pan-Arab media based in Dubai including Sky News Arabic and Al Arabiya reported that the coup had been successful. However, there's no suggestion that the media outlets were involved in the failed coup.

The government of the UAE condemned the coup and supported Erdogan as the legitimate president of Turkey only after the coup was declared to have been failed.

After that, the UAE launched on operation to distance itself from Dahlan, the sources said.

Dahlan was then forced to leave the UAE and is said to be in Egypt at the moment. He is allegedly been used as a go-between for UAE funds and communications in various operations throughout the Middle East.