Turkish president defeats coup attempt

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

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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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