A coup in Turkey Has Been Defeated, This is What We Know

Stacy Adams

-A faction of the Turkish military attempted to take over the country Friday evening.

-130 people have been arrested in connection to the plot.

-Prime Minister Binali Yildirim confirmed the attempted coup and called it “illegal.”

.Bridges that connect Europe and Asia in Istanbul were blocked by soldiers and military vehicles.

-A nationwide curfew and martial law had been announced on state operated TV, but not followed by the majority of the citizenry who took to the streets.

– At least 42 are dead in “attacks” on the capital including 17 police officers killed after a helicopter attack on a police headquarters in Ankara.

– There were reports of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube being slowed or blocked in parts of the country.

At least 150 have been reported wounded in clashes.

– CNN-Turk reported that 12 were killed in an explosion at the Turkish Parliament building.

– Turkish broadcaster CNN-Turk says a group of soldiers have entered the headquarters of the Dogan Media group, which owns the station. They are not sure how much longer they will be able to broadcast.

– Many took to Facebook Live to show what was happening on the ground in Turkey.

– Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was on vacation and addressed the nation over FaceTime saying: “I have never recognized any power above the will of the people.” Hours after the coup began, he was greeted by cheering crowds after he returned to Istanbul.

– President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry said all parties in Turkey should support democratically-elected government.

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An attempted coup by a faction of Turkey’s military appears to have been defeated. The coup began around 11 p.m. local time and the announcement came around 3 a.m. Almost an hour later two large explosions and the screech of fighter jets were heard near Taksim Square in Istanbul, where police and military were exchanging fire.

Private NTV television showed footage of large crowds gathering at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport around 4 a.m. local time to greet President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as he emerged from a vehicle upon landing.

The senior official told the AP all government officials are in charge of their offices, but cautioned that the chief of military staff hasn’t appeared in public yet.

The official requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.

Earlier, a spokesman for Turkey’s national intelligence agency, MIT, said that the attempt to seize control had been defeated.

Presidential Spokesman Ibrahim Kalin told NTV television: “The military commanders have made it clear that the coup plotters violated the chain of command… The people have shown that they stand in solidarity with democracy and the elected government.”

Turkish broadcaster CNN-Turk says a group of soldiers have entered the headquarters of the Dogan Media group, which owns the television channel.

The newscaster did not provide details on the number of soldiers who entered the building, which is also home to Kanal D television, the Dogan news agency and the Hurriyet newspaper.

The newscaster said she was not sure how much longer the station would be able to broadcast news, but they did publish a feed of the take over on Facebook Live.

Military jets had been seen flying over the capital and there were reports of vehicles blocking two major bridges in Istanbul.

MIT spokesman Nuh Yilmaz said that Gen. Hulusi Akar, the military chief of staff, was back in control.

Yilmaz said “Gen. Akar is back on top of his duties.” He added: “everything is returning to normal.

An official at Haydarpasa Numune Hospital in the Uskudar district of Istanbul tells The Associated Press they have admitted at least 150 wounded.

The official refused to comment whether there were fatalities. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak to the media.

Earlier, NTV reported that six dead were brought to the same facility.

Parliament Speaker Ismail Kahraman says a bomb hit one corner of a public relations building inside the parliament complex, injuring some police officers.

He says there are no fatalities and that all legislators are safe at a parliamentary shelter.

Meanwhile in Istanbul, an official at the president’s office says more than 50 military officers have been arrested in Istanbul and large crowds have carried out multiple citizen arrests.

Turkish TV channels are broadcasting scenes of soldiers being escorted away by policemen.

Loud explosions have been heard in Turkey’s capital Ankara and CNN-Turk reports an explosion occurred at the state-run television building.

NTV television is quoting the prosecutor’s office in Ankara saying at least 42 people have been killed in “attacks” in the capital.

Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency says that 17 police officers have been killed in a helicopter attack on police special forces headquarters on the outskirts of Ankara.

Others appeared to confirm that the military was not unified in its actions.

“Those who are attempting a coup will not succeed. Our people should know that we will overcome this,” Gen. Zekai Aksakalli, the commander of the military special forces, told the private NTV television by telephone.

Dozen of tanks were seen moving toward a palace that is now used by the prime minister and deputy prime ministers. A civilian car tried to stop one of the tanks, but it rammed through the vehicle as those in the car escaped.

“It is correct that there was an attempt,” Binali Yildirim told NTV television.

The Dogan news agency says one-way traffic on the Bosphorus and Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridges were blocked. Video footage showed the bridge being blocked by military vehicles. The bridges connect Europe and Asia.

Dogan has also reported that soldiers have opened fired on people trying to cross Istanbul’s Bosporus bridge in protest of the attempted coup, and some have been wounded.

The U.S. State Department is “confirming reports of gunshots and possible attempted uprising in Turkey.”

Secretary of State John Kerry said at a press conference in Moscow that he hopes for stability, peace, continuity in Turkey as coup apparently under way.

President Barack Obama has been informed about the developing situation, according to the White House says.

A Turkish news agency has published a statement from the military saying the armed forces have “fully seized control” of the country.

The Dogan agency reported that the statement said that the military did this “to reinstall the constitutional order, democracy, human rights and freedoms, to ensure that the rule of law once again reigns in the country, for the law and order to be reinstated.”

The military statement went on to say that “all international agreements and commitments will remain. We pledge that good relations with all world countries will continue.”

A nationwide curfew has been set, according to reports on state-operated television.
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