Turkey ‘Coup’: Over 200 Killed Including The 105 Plotters, 350 Rebel Soldiers Arrested As ‘Failed Coup’ Fizzles Out, President Erdogan Gets Swift ‘Revenge’

WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR
Just before nightfall on Friday, military tanks started rolling out in Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey two main cities
  • Georgia has shut its border area with neighbour Turkey after the instability from a military coup attempt, AP reports.

  • A Turkish newspaper reports of violence in the country. The plotters of the coup have been beaten. One of them has been beheaded, reports Sozcu.

  • According to Greek Police, a Turkish Military chopper lands in Greece seeking asylum for 8 people. The identity has not been disclosed.

  • Death toll mounts to 194, including the 105 coup plotters in both the cities.

  • 350 military personnel arrested.

  • Military announced it had taken over the country’s government, imposing a nationwide curfew and martial law.

  • Reports have suggested that a group within Turkey’s military have attempted to overthrow the government

  • 17 police officers were killed in a helicopter attack on police special forces headquarters near Ankara.

  • A bomb hit the Turkish parliament building in Ankara, causing several injuries.

  • At least 42 were killed in the bloody uprising as police and citizens were gunned down in the streets

  • Military said that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s increasingly autocratic rule with radical Islamist influence and rising terrorism as justifications for the coup.

  • President Erdoğan has sworn revenge, attempting to regain control, said those responsible for the attempted coup would pay “in the harshest way.”

  • Erdoğan blamed Fethullah Gulen, the Islamic cleric Gulen, who lives in self-imposed exile in Saylorsburg, Philadelphia as the head of a billion dollar religious movement, for the coup 

    Footage of the Turkish Army chief, General Hulusi Akar, being rescued has been posted on the Twitter account of Turkish PM Binali Yildirim.

    Boris Johnson, the new foreign secretary of Britain, Boris Johnson, has told this to Sky News:

    We’ve been following the developments in Turkey and we’re concerned about what’s been going on there.

    First we want to urge calm and the avoidance of any further bloodshed. It’s crucial we respect the democratic institutions of Turkey.

    That’s a message that was very much echoed by the Turkish foreign minister, my counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, to whom I spoke a couple of hours ago. He was very grateful for UK support at the UN and elsewhere.

    Obviously I’ve spoken to our diplomatic staff in Ankara and in Istanbul. They’re doing a fantastic job. They’re working very hard, as you can imagine, to do the best for the many Brits who are there, the many people who are there on holiday. They should follow the travel advice and we’ll do our best to update you as soon as we can.

    General Umit Dundar, the newly appointed acting chief of Turkish army, has given a breakdown of the death toll in the Turkish coup. He described 104 people as “coup plotters”. :
    • 41 police officers
    • 2 soldiers
    • 47 civilians
    The Russian foreign ministry has released a statement warning that the coup poses an “increased danger” to international and regional stability. It said:
    The aggravating political situation (in Turkey) against the backdrop of existing terrorist threats in this country and an armed conflict in the region pose increased danger to international and regional stability.
    Forces loyal to the Turkish government fought on Saturday to crush the remnants of a military coup attempt which crumbled after crowds answered President Tayyip Erdogan’s call to take to the streets and dozens of rebels abandoned their tanks.
    RECAP: WATCH HOW IT ALL UNFOLDED IN TURKEY

    WATCH: ROGUE SOLDIERS BEING DETAINED BY THE TURKISH POLICE


    Prime Minister, Binyali Yildirim, said at least 336 rebel officers had been captured by loyalist forces and promised to shoot down any military planes in the control of the coup’s supporters.
    New footage emerges of helicopters firing a target on the ground in Ankara.

    BREAKING : TURKISH MILITARY GETS A NEW CHIEF
    Umit Dündar is the new acting chief of military staff, says prime minister Binali Yildirim.

    General Umit Dündar Turkey
    There is no word on the current head of the armed forces, General Hulusi Akar.

    Earlier, Erdoğan said he had no information about Akar, who was reportedly taken hostage at military headquarters by those behind the attempted coup. General Hulusi Akar

    Video footage aired on CNN Turk Friday morning showed that supporters of Erdoğan force the military to surrender their position on Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul.

    Mobs of protesters have also been seen marching around the city in opposition to the military intervention chanting 'shoulder to shoulder against the coup'.

    Mobs of protesters have also been seen marching around the city in opposition to the military intervention chanting ‘shoulder to shoulder against the coup’.

    TURKEY PRESIDENT RETURNS As President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made his triumphant return back to Istanbul, he said the hotel on the Aegean coast where he was on holiday at the start of the coup was bombed moments after he left.120 connected to the attempted coup have been arrested.

    But conflicting reports say that Turkish President Erdoğan’s private jet is flying over Europe as he pleas for asylum following the military coup. The Daily Mirror reported that Erdoğan reportedly fled the country after the Army and Air Force put the capitol Ankara and other major cities under lockdown.

    Flight radar of Erdogan's flight into Europe from Turkey

    Flight radar of Erdogan’s flight into Europe from Turkey

    SOME DRAMATIC VIDEOS AS THE COUP UNFOLDED ON FRIDAY NIGHT


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    #TurkeyCoup: Military helicopter opens fire at main Turkish intelligence agency MIT headquarters

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16 July 2016