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Over 250 killed in failed coup attempt in Turkey

Over 250 killed in failed coup attempt in Turkey

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In an unsuccessful coup attempt apparently by elements of the Turkish Armed Forces in Istanbul and Ankara, 265 people were killed and 1440 were injured, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım reported on Saturday. Following the incident, 2,839 soldiers and officers were detained and, according to another military official, 104 coup plotters were killed. General Hulusi Akar, held by the rebels, was later freed.

File photo of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, 2016.
Image: Cancillería del Ecuador.

On Friday, the rebels declared martial law claiming to have “taken control of the country” and said Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan‘s government was responsible for damaging Turkey’s secular tradition. They shut down Istanbul Atatürk Airport and blocked the two bridges over the Bosphorus, with gunfire and, by some reports, jets dropping bombs in Istanbul and Ankara. Social-networking websites were blocked in the country and news channel CNN stopped broadcasting. Tank fire and explosions were reported at the parliament.

Prime Minister Yıldırım declared a no-fly zone over Ankara. Erdoğan was in Marmaris during the coup attempt. Erdoğan after reaching Instanbul on Saturday, said, “Those who betrayed this country will pay for this treachery”((tr)) as he announced he would remain president.

General Zekai Aksakalli told NTV, “Those who are attempting a coup will not succeed. Our people should know that we will overcome this”. Erdoğan supporters were seen carrying the Turkish flag on the streets of Istanbul.

During Erdoğan’s address to citizens, coup supporters were seen surrendering, abandoning military tanks, given citizen opposition to the coup. Eight people fled the country seeking asylum in the Greek city of Alexandroupolis, according to Greek officials.

Officials claimed Fethullah Gülen, who is currently in the United States on an exile, was responsible for the coup; Deutsche Presse-Agentur reported Gülen condemned the attempt.


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July 17, 2016

Turkish president defeats coup attempt

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Yesterday, in a failed attempt of coup by Turkish Armed Forces, 265 people were killed and 1440 were injured in Istanbul and Ankara, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım reported. Following the incident, 2,839 soldiers and officers were arrested and 104 coup plotters were killed. General Hulusi Akar was held by the rebellions, was later freed.

On Friday, rebellion army declared martial law claiming they had “taken control of the country” and said Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan‘s Islamist-aligned government was responsible of demolition of Turkey’s secular tradition. They had shut down Istanbul Atatürk Airport, blocked two bridges started firing and jets were dropping bombs in Istanbul and Ankara. Social-networking websites had been blocked in the country and news channel CNN stopped broadcasting. Tank fire explosions were reported in the parliament.

Prime Minister Yıldırım had declared a no-fly zone over Ankara. Erdoğan was in Marmaris during the coup attempt. Erdoğan after reaching Ankara yesterday, said, “Who betrayed this country will pay this treachery”((tr)) as he announced he would remain the president.

General Zekai Aksakalli told NTV, “Those who are attempting a coup will not succeed. Our people should know that we will overcome this”. Erdoğan’s supporters were seen carrying the Turkish flag on Istanbul’s streets.

While Erdoğan was addressing the citizens, the coup setters surrendered abandoning the military tanks as citizens did not support them instead stood up against them. Eight people fled the country to find shelter in the Greek city of Alexandroupolis from Turkish military helicopter.

Officials claimed Fethullah Gülen had ignited the spark of coup, who is currently in the United States on an exile.


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June 29, 2016

Suicide bombers attack Istanbul\’s Ataturk airport

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Yesterday, three individuals committed a suicide attack on Ataturk airport in Istanbul, Turkey.

Ataturk Airport overview
Image: Ercan Karakaş.

The attack started with the three individuals shooting weapons near the terminal entrance. After police started to return fire the individuals blew themselves up.

41 people were killed in the attack, and at least another 239 injured, according to officials. Those killed include nationals of several countries, including Saudi Arabia and Iraq.

While no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, the Turkish Prime Minister, Binali Yildirim, stated current details point towards the Islamic State (IS) militant group as the culprits. This group has previously been blamed for a number of attacks in Turkey since last July.

The BBC reported IS have been targeting Turkey as being too connected to the West through NATO, as well as seeing its government as not being Islamic enough.

The attacks have led to concerns for the Turkish tourism sector, considered important to the country’s economy.

President Barack Obama of the United States and President Vladmir Putin of Russia both condemned the attack. Russia also announced it had lifted trade and travel restrictions which had been in place since Turkey shot down a Russian fighter Jet last November.

Today has been declared a day of national mourning in Turkey.



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