Updated: July 17, 2016 6:44:23 am
The Turkish military forces on Friday attempted a coup which failed. President Erdogan called it ‘treason’ and blamed Gulen supporters for the same. He also said that it was a reason to clean up the army and asserted that the person who plotted the coup will have to pay for it.
A top Turkish official has said that the coup attempt appears to have been unsuccessful and all government officials are in charge of their offices. Earlier, an official had also claimed the the coup has been successfully “repelled”.
Turkey’s armed forces said they “fully seized control” of the country Friday but its president responded by calling on Turks to take to the streets in a show of support for the government. A loud explosion was heard in the capital, Ankara, fighter jets buzzed overhead, gunfire erupted outside military headquarters and vehicles blocked two major bridges in Istanbul
General Zekai Aksakalli, the commander of Turkey’s military special forces, said that “those who are attempting a coup will not succeed”. He told NTV television: “Our people should know that we will overcome this… We are in control of the situation.”
14 police officers were killed in in repelling the coup.
People took to the streets to come out in support of the democratically elected government. World leaders condemned the attack and urged people to support the government.
Live Updates: (Timing followed is Indian Standard Time)
1:35 am: Death toll rises to 265 in failed Turkey coup, says official, reports Reuters.
1:26 am: Turkish official says toll of includes 161 mostly civilians and police, and 104 coup supporters, reports Reuters.
12:02 am: Turkish authorities have ordered 2,745 judges and prosecutors to be detained over attempted coup, according to broadcaster NTV, reports reuters.
11:47 pm: 11 TN athletes in violence-hit Turkey are safe, says Tamil Nadu government, reports PTI.
11:28 pm: Erdogan says Turkey may discuss death penalty after coup attempt, reports Reuters.
11:05 pm: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan demands the US extradite the Muslim cleric he blames for attempted coup, reports AP.
10:30 pm: UNESCO suspended its world heritage meeting in Istanbul today in the wake of Turkey’s attempted military coup, the organisation said.
9:53 pm: The US military has suspended air strikes against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq from a base in southern Turkey, a US official said.
9:42 pm: Turkey detains judge from its top constitutional court in wake of failed coup: National TV.
9:38 pm: Turkey detains Second Army commander after ‘foiled’ coup attempt.
9:18 pm: Turkey’s four main political parties condemned the attempted military coup in a joint statement on Saturday, marking a rare departure from usually fractious politics.
9:00 pm: Istanbul airport reopens, flights resume after coup attempt
8:15 pm: Turkish authorities deny movement on and off Incirlik air base: US consulate
8:00 pm: Coup plotters are not soldiers but terrorists who targeted Parliament last night: Turkish PM Yildirim.
7:00 pm: Obama to meet national security advisers Saturday to discuss Turkey.
6:42 pm: Turkey has reopened border crossings with neighbouring Bulgaria after closing them in the early hours of Saturday following an attempted coup, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov said.
6:00 pm: All soldiers involved in the attempted coup at military headquarters reportedly taken into custody.
5:50 pm: Turkey’s religious groups denounce coup attempt as ‘terrorist attacks’.
5: 05 pm: Turkish Prime Minister Benali Yildirim says 161 people were killed. He says another more than 1,400 people were wounded in the chaos. More than 2,800 people have been detained.
5:00 pm: Greece will examine the request for political asylum by eight Turkish soldiers who fled to Greece in a helicopter earlier on Saturday, two Greek government sources said. (Reuters)
4:50 pm: Acting chief of Turkey army, said more than 190 people died in clashes: 41 police officers, two soldiers, 47 civilians and 104 people described as “coup plotters.” (AP)
4:00 pm: Turkey asked Greece to return eight soldiers who fled there in a helicopter, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Twitter.
3:30 pm: The number of dead in the attempted coup rises to 90 with 1,154 wounded.
3: 25 pm: Turkish military helicopter lands in Alexandroupolis, Greece. Eight personnel seek asylum.
3:10 pm: A senior Turkish official says a total of 1,563 military personnel have been detained, most of them of lower ranks.
1:55 pm: Turkey’s Police Chief says 16 coup plotters have been killed in clashes at military police command.
1:15 pm: 754 members of the armed forces have been detained across Turkey, it is not clear who is in control of military headquarters in Ankara.
12:45 pm: At least 335 people, most of them soldiers, have been arrested and 60, mostly civilians, killed.
12:20 pm: Military helicopter used by coup plotters, to attack Turkey’s satellite station Turksat, has been shot down, state media reported.
12:15 pm: President Erdogan addressed thousands of flag-waving supporters outside Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport, said, “This government brought to power by the people, is in charge. They won’t succeed as long as we stand against them by risking everything.”
12:00 pm: European Council President Donald Tusk says the EU fully supports Turkey’s democratically elected government.
11:05 am: According to Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, the number of soldiers who were arrested in the coup plot has increased to 130.
11:00 am: The head of Turkey’s armed forces, Hulusi Akar, has been rescued after being held hostage.
10:45 am: Turkey’s military headquarters now held by pro-government forces. Small rebel soldiers continue resisting and control some military helicopters. A senior Turkish official said 29 colonels and five generals had been removed from their posts.
10:05 am: The surrendered soldiers attacked by supporters of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.
9:50 am: The faction of officers behind the coup attempt is still fighting, calling itself the Peace at Home Movement.
9:26 am: Turkey appoints the head of its First Army, Umit Dundar, as acting chief of military staff. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his general secretary was abducted by coup makers and there is no information on the chief of the military staff.
9:10 am: Turkish coup soldiers in Istanbul surrender on Bosphorus bridge
9:00 am: Jet drops bomb near Turkish presidential palace in Ankara – AFP
7:50 am: General killed, 130 soldiers detained in coup attempt, reports Turkish media
7:30 am: Turkey PM orders military to shoot down aircraft hijacked by coup plotters
8:15 am: 42 killed in Ankara, bomb attacks continue in Parliament
7:05 am: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says prime minister has given orders to ‘eradicate’ those who are shooting from the air
7:00 am: Minority in military forces targeted integrity and unity of Turkey. Ring leader who plotted the coup will pay the price. It is a reason to clean up the army – Edrogan
6:50 am: President Edrogan speaks with media, says he does not know whereabouts of Turkey Army Chief
6:30 am: Large crowds greet President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as he emerges from a vehicle at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport
6:05 am: Police and military exchange fire in Istanbul’s Taksim square, large explosion heard – AP
5.50 am: Top Turkish official says coup attempt appears to have been unsuccessful, all government officials in charge of their offices, reports AP.
5.29 am: Turkish state TV back on air, correspondents describe being taken hostage
5.28 am: Turkish PM says military chief of staff and commanders are in charge of situation
5.27 am: Turkish PM says this was act of rebellion by movement loyal to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen
5.23 am: Pentagon says taking steps to ensure safety, security of service members, civilians, their families
5.21 am: Situation largely under control, insists Turkish PM
5.18 am: Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport hopes to resume international departures soon
5. 14 am: Mexico’s government on Friday recommended its citizens should not travel to Turkey until the gravity of the situation became clear following a coup attempt by members of the armed forces
5.11 am: Turkish PM says no-fly zone declared over Ankara (NTV)
5.02 am: Anadolu Agency reports a bomb has hit the Turkish parliament in Ankara
4.59 am: Turkish national intelligence spokesman says coup attempt has been “repelled.”
4.52 am: Bulgaria bolsters its patrols on the Bulgarian-Turkish border and appeals to Bulgarians to restrain from travelling to the country’s southern neighbour
4.48 am: Germany says democratic order in Turkey must be respected
4.41 am: This is an attack against Turkish democracy, says former PM Ahmet Davutoglu
4.38 am: Turkish justice minister says Gulen loyalists in attempted coup
4.33 am: Obama: All parties in Turkey should support democratically-elected government, show restraint
4.31 am: 17 Turkish officers reportedly killed in helicopter attack on police special forces headquarters
— FRANCE 24 English (@France24_en) July 15, 2016
4.28 am: Turkish fighter jet shoots down military helicopter used by coup plotters over Ankara (NTV)
4.23 am: Turkish PM urges people to take to streets in support of govt
4.18 am: Soldiers fire on people trying to cross Istanbul’s Bosporus bridge in protest of attempted coup (AP)
— FRANCE 24 English (@France24_en) July 15, 2016
4.14 am: Turkey is not a third-world country. People who have depicted it in this way, will pay heavy price: Yildirim
4.10 am: Senior Turkish official believes insecurity will continue for next 24 hours but will be contained
4.08 am: Commander of Turkey’s “First Army” division says those attempting coup are small faction
4.06 am: Kremlin spokesman says Russia is gravely concerned by situation in Turkey
4.02 am: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed for calm in Turkey on Friday as the world body sought to clarify the situation in the country, said a U.N. spokesman
4.01 am: Turkey’s minister for EU Affairs, Omer Celik, called on soldiers to disobey orders after the military announced on Friday that it was seizing control of the government in a coup
3.57 am: Turkish military helicopters open fire at national intelligence agency HQ in Ankara. State-run Anadolu Agency says
3.51 am: Helicopter opens fire in Turkey’s Ankara as explosion heard
3.47 am: Tanks open fire around Turkish Parliament building
03.40 am: Hundreds of cars are heading for the airport even as some roads leading to their destination have been blocked
03.33 am: People take to the streets and protest against the attempted coup. Showing their support for the government and city
03.15 am: Our Embassy in Ankara advises Indian nationals in Turkey to avoid public places and remain indoors until the situation there becomes clearer: MEA Vikas Swarup
#SituationinTurkey Emergency contact numbers for Indian nationals
In Ankara: +905303142203
In Istanbul: +905305671095
— Vikas Swarup (@MEAIndia) July 15, 2016
02.55 am: Turkey’s democratically elected president and government are in power: Presidential source (Reuters)
02.50 am: Armed forces have seized power, citing rising autocratic rule, increased terrorism: Military statement read on Turkish state TV (AP)
02. 45 am: Turkish military declares martial law and curfew: TRT state TV
02.40 am: France’s Foreign Ministry has advised its citizens in turkey to stay indoors following serious developing situation in Ankara, Istanbul (Reuters)
02. 35 am: Soldiers inside buildings of Turkish state broadcaster TRT in Ankara (Reuters)
02. 30 am: Access to Facebook, Twitter and Youtube restricted in Turkey: Internet monitoring groups
02.23 am: Turkey’s top general ‘held hostage’ at military HQ: State agency (AFP)
02.22: Turkish President Erdogan is safe: CNN TURK
02.20 am: Some hostages taken at Turkish Military headquarters in Ankara: CNN TURK
02.17 am: All flights from Istanbul’s Ataturk airport cancelled after events in Turkey: Reuters
02.00 am: Turkish military has taken over for democratic order, human rights to remain (Reuters)
01. 55 am: Turkish military tanks deployed outside Ataturk airport in Istanbul: TV (AFP)
01. 45 am: Turkish PM said those responsible for attempted military coup will pay highest price.
Heavy gunfire in Ankara!!! pic.twitter.com/2oNuAtf4Pp
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01. 40 am: Gunshots heard in Turkish capital of Ankara (Reuters)
o1. 30 am: Military jets and helicopters seen flying overhead.
Yildirim didn’t provide details, but said Turkey would never allow any “initiative that would interrupt democracy.”
Reuters witnesses in Istanbul, Turkey’s biggest city, also spotted helicopters overhead.
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Broadcaster NTV reported that both of Istanbul’s bridges across the Bosphorus, the strait separating the European and Asian sides of the city, had been closed to traffic. It was not immediately clear if the events were related.
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