Saturday, 16 July 2016

Update: Over 400 Killed, 2800 Arrested In Coup Attempt In Turkey....

The Democratic rule in Turkey was threatened after a military coup erupted Friday night. No fewer than 400 persons have reportedly lost their lives, with several others injured.

The coup invaded the country, blocked bridges and roads in the Country's capital. Tanks filled the streets and copters loomed above. Heavy gunshots ricocheted around the biggest cities – Ankara and Istanbul.

CNN Turk reports that, at least 265 people have been killed in clashes, including 104 supporters of the coup attempt. The other 161 deaths include civilians and police officers killed in a helicopter attack on the outskirts of Ankara and in explosions at Parliament.

More than 2,800 military personnel across Turkey have been arrested, and an official in the president’s office said the last soldiers backing the coup were holed up in the military headquarters.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey who was out of the Istanbul returned Saturday morning, signaling that the military coup against his government is faltering.

He suggested that the plotters had tried to assassinate him on Friday with a bombing in the Turkish Mediterranean resort town of Marmaris.

Addressing his supporters aside the Isantanbul Atatürk Airport on Saturday morning, president Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey said;
“They have pointed the people’s guns against the people. The president, whom 52 percent of the people brought to power, is in charge. 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.”
The beleaguered president also rallied the people against the military coup. “Go to the streets and give them their answer,” Erdoğan said in a FaceTime interview with CNN Turk. “This was done from outside the chain of command. Those who are responsible, we will give them the necessary punishment.”
Other Turkish government officials agreed with Erdogan that the military coup appeared to have failed as Turks took to the streets overnight to confront troops attempting to take over the country.

Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said security forces have defeated coup plotters in several places, including police and government buildings, according to the state-run Anadolu news agency.

Turkey’s Police Chief Celalettin Lekesiz told newsmen that 16 coup plotters were killed in clashes at the military police command while 250 others were arrested. He added that clashes at the command are continuing but “are about to come to an end.”

It was not immediately clear who was in control at the military headquarters. CNN-Turk quoted Prime Minister Binali Yildirim as saying that commander of Turkey’s 1st Army, Gen Umit Dundar, has been appointed acting chief of military staff.

Erdogan also told supporters that he had no information concerning Chief of Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar, who was reportedly taken hostage at the military headquarters by coup plotters.

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