Live: 161 killed, 1,400 wounded in Turkey coup, says PM Yildirim

Jul, 16 2016 IST

  • 12:38 (IST)

    Death toll in Turkey coup

    The number of dead from a coup attempt in Turkey has risen to 190.

    Nearly 200 unarmed soldiers at the Turkish military headquarters have meanwhile surrendered, an official said, adding that special troops were currently securing the complex.

  • 07:59 (IST)

    MEA shares helpline numbers 

    The Ministry of External Affairs advised Indian nationals in Turkeyt to remain indoors till the situation improves. 

  • 18:39 (IST)

    US Secretary of State John Kerry expressed support for Turkey at a press conference in Luxembourg. "There was an unfortunate loss of life and I hope things remain calm," he said. He also extended his sympathies to the families of the victims. 

  • 15:20 (IST)

    Turkey PM assures the citizens that the coup attempt is 'completely under control'.

    Turkish Prime Minister Benali Yildirim said 161 people were killed in the country's overnight military coup attempt. He said another more than 1,400 people were wounded in the chaos. More than 2,800 people have been detained.

    He described the night as a "dark stain for Turkish democracy" and pinned blame for the coup on the "parallel terrorist organization."

    That term is used by authorities to describe the movement of U.S.-based Islamist cleric Fethullah Gulen.

    "They will receive every punishment they deserve," the prime minister said, noting the perpetrators were now in the hands of the justice system.

  • 15:16 (IST)

    PM calls the military coup a cowardly attempt and labels it a 'terrible incident'

    Turkey Prime Minister Benali Yildirim applauded the efforts of the citizens for their fight against the military coup.

    He called the attack a cowardly attempt and thanked the political parties who united to fight for their democracy. He said "It is unfortunate that we have so many martyrs. This attempt was carried out by a minority group in the military and was not in the chain of command of the military. 

    "This was a huge victory and I thank God for our nation. 

    "Political parties and NGO's have put aside their differences and united to protect our democracy and therefore my thanks go to political parties and their leaders.

    "This incident has shown how important democracy is for our country," he said.

  • 14:56 (IST)

    Turkey coup bid increases threat to regional stability: Russian foreign ministry

    Russia's foreign ministry warned Saturday that the coup attempt in Turkey increases the threat to stability in the region.

    "Moscow is most concerned at the latest events in Turkey," the foreign ministry said in a statement.

    "The flare-up of the domestic political situation against the backdrop of the existing terrorist threats in this country and the armed conflict in the region brings a heightened risk to international and regional stability."

    Russia called on Turkey's "authorities and people to resolve the problems that have arisen without violence, with respect for constitutional order."

    Moscow confirmed its "readiness to work constructively with the legally elected leadership of Turkey in the interest of promoting bilateral relations," saying this particularly applied to "fighting the threat of terrorism."

    Late on Friday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at a joint news conference with US Secretary of State John Kerry urged Turkey to avoid "bloodshed," saying its problems needed to be resolved "in accordance with the constitution."

    During the coup attempt, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that Moscow was "deeply concerned about the news coming from Turkey," adding that President Vladimir Putin was being constantly informed.

    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Saturday said in televised comments that the coup bid showed that "in Turkish society and the army there are very powerful and deep rifts which sparked these events."

    "Naturally it's necessary that constitutional rule is restored in this country that neighbours ours, so that all the rights and freedoms enshrined in their legislation are observed," the prime minister said.

    Russia and Turkey this month moved to mend ties as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent a letter to Putin apologising for downing a Russian warplane on the Syrian border last year and Russia lifted a ban on package tours to Turkey.

    AFP

  • 14:55 (IST)

    Black stain on Turkish democracy

    Turkey PM says coup attempt is a 'black stain' on Turkish democracy'.

  • 12:35 (IST)

    Coup attempt has destabilised Turkey

    Jenny White of CNN writes:

    The military action, the results of which are still unclear, took Turkey out of Europe and placed it squarely in the Middle East. It tore away the country's stability, replacing polarization with what could end up being outright civil war.

  • 12:33 (IST)

    1563 military officers arrested, 200 unarmed soldiers surrender

    A total of 1,563 military officers were arrested across Turkey after a coup attempt blamed by the authorities on supporters of US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, a government official said Saturday.

    90 dead, 1,154 wounded in Turkey coup attempt: state news agency 

    Close to 200 unarmed soldiers at the Turkish military headquarters have surrendered after a coup attempt, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported Saturday.

  • 12:25 (IST)

    Turkish parliament sits for extraordinary session

    Turkish parliament sits for extraordinary session after coup attempt.

    In the failed military coup, a total of 1,563 military officers detained across Turkey, AFP reported.

  • 11:01 (IST)

    Social media may have been blocked in Turkey

    The Turkish government apparently blocked social media sites Facebook, Twitter and YouTube briefly in response to an attempted military coup, a media report said. Turkey Blocks, a Twitter account that regularly checks if sites were being blocked in the country, reported at 11.04 p.m., that Facebook, Twitter and YouTube were all unresponsive, TechCrunch reported.

    Access was restored after about an hour-and-a-half, according to the research agency Dyn Research.

    Twitter’s policy team, however, said it did not think the site was fully blocked in Turkey. 


     

  • 10:55 (IST)

    '16 coup plotters killed'

    Turkey's police chief says 16 coup plotters have been killed in clashes at Turkey's paramilitary headquarters; 250 detained, reported AP.

  • 10:50 (IST)

    India monitoring situation in Turkey

    India called upon all sides to support democracy and mandate of the ballot and avoid bloodshed in Turkey, which is witnessing violence after an attempted military coup in which at least 60 people have died. External Affairs Ministry said India has been closely following the developments in Turkey and advised its nationals to stay indoors until the situation becomes clearer. 

  • 10:21 (IST)

    754 detained

    State-run Anadolu Agency reports 754 members of armed forces have been detained across Turkey. An official in the president's office says at least 60 people have been killed in the attempted coup. 

    Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag, quoted by state-run Anadolu Agency, says security forces have "achieved results in many places" and defeated coup plotters. That includes the National Intelligence Agency, police and government buildings.

    He says: "There is nowhere they have they have proper control. God willing they will be defeated in the remaining areas and those in the air will be brought down."

  • 09:58 (IST)

    Fethullah Gulen blamed for coup

    As many as 336 people have been arrested in Turkey followed the foiled military coup, said a Turkish official. 

    In his address, President Erdogan blamed Fethullah Gulen, a high-profile political figure and religious scholar based in US responsible for the coup, CNN reported.

    "Now I'm addressing those in Pennsylvania. The betrayal you have shown to this nation and to this community, that's enough. If you have the courage, come back to your country. If you can. You will not have the means to turn this country into a mess from where you are."

  • 09:52 (IST)

    Coup an act of treason: Erdogan

    President of Turkey Erdogan on Saturday declared the attempted military coup against his government as an "act of treason" and vowed to his supporters that the coup plotters will pay for the chaos.

    "This is a movement of treason and an insurgency. Let me tell you that they will pay a heavy price for this treason.There is a government in power and a president in power elected by the people. We are on duty and we will continue to conduct our duty until the very end," he said. 

    Erdogen said the coup is now over and the government is now in control.

  • 09:45 (IST)

    Govt is in charge: Erdogan

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the nation on Saturday that his government is in charge after a coup attempt brought a night of explosions, air battles and gunfire across the capital that left dozens dead and at least 150 people wounded. 

    Erdogan is believed to be one of the most divisive leader in the history of the modern republic. Adored by his supporters as a transformative figure who modernised Turkey, his foes have painted him as an increasingly despotic leader who ruthlessly shuts down any criticism.

    Turkey has suffered a wave of deadly bombings as Erdogan's government pursues twin military campaigns against Kurdish rebels in the south and the Islamic State group in neighbouring Syria.

  • 09:33 (IST)

    Coup soldiers surrender 

    Jet drops bomb near Turkish Presidential palace in Ankara. According to senior Turkish official, Istanbul airport is under the control of the government. Turkish F-16s launched air strikes against tanks outside palace. Coup soldiers in Istanbul have surrended on Bosphorus bridge, according to AFP. 

    Meanwhile, the prime minister announced a new acting army chief of staff after the coup attempt.

  • 09:14 (IST)

    60 killed in clashes

    At least 60 people were killed during overnight clashes in capital Ankara following an attempted coup in Turkey, Xinhua news agency quoted the prosecutor's office as saying on Saturday. 
     

    A no-fly zone over Ankara has been declared.  However, the whereabouts of the military chief of staff remains unknown and sporadic gunfire is still reported in major cities, BBC reported.

    According to CNN, Istanbul's Ataturk Airport has reopened and news channels have begun broadcasting again, after being temporarily shut down by soldiers earlier in the night.
     

  • 09:09 (IST)

    We will not give in: Erdogan

    The government elected by the people is in power and the President is in power, said President Erdogan while addressing the crowd in Istanbul. "Enough of stirring up this country from wherever you are. We will stand strong and will not give in," he said to the cheering crowd.  
     

  • 09:00 (IST)

    'Attack on parliament continuing'

    A bomb has hit Turkey's parliament building in Ankara, state-run Anadolu Agency said, and Reuters witnesses in Istanbul reported the sound of a large blast echoing through the city. A senior official said that the attack on parliament are still going on. 

    A senior Turkish official said that the rebel soldiers have been warned they will be shot down if they attempt to use more military aircraft. He said that the resistance will end soon.  

  • 08:54 (IST)

    Still unclear who is in control: CNN

    A group of soldiers on Saturday entered state-run Hurriyet daily building taking several journalists hostage following a military coup attempt underway in Turkey. CNN Turk was shut down briefly as soldiers attempted to own airwaves. It was still unclear who is in control — the army or the elected government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, CNN reported. Flights to Turkey have been diverted, departures from Istanbul's Ataturk airport have been canceled.

  • 08:46 (IST)

    Yildirim to hold emergency meeting

    State-run Anadolu Agency says Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has called all legislators for an emergency meeting on Saturday.

    The coup attempt began late on Friday, with a statement from the military saying it had seized control "to reinstall the constitutional order, democracy, human rights and freedoms, to ensure that the rule of law once again reigns in the country, for law and order to be reinstated."

    Fighter jets buzzed overhead, gunfire erupted outside military headquarters and vehicles blocked two major bridges in Istanbul, according to AP. Soldiers backed by tanks blocked entry to Istanbul's airport for a couple of hours, before being overtaken by pro-government crowds carrying Turkish flags, according to footage broadcast by the Dogan news agency.

    But the military did not appear unified, with top commanders taking to television to condemn the action and order troops back to their barracks.

  • 08:38 (IST)

    Situation back to normal: Turkey's spy agency

    Turkey's MIT spy agency reported that the situation is "back to normal." The Prime Minister of Turkey ordered to shoot down aircraft hijacked by coup plotters. 

    The chaos capped a period of political turmoil in Turkey which critics blamed on Erdogan's increasingly authoritarian rule, which has included a government shake-up, a crackdown on dissidents and opposition media and renewed conflict in the mainly Kurdish areas of the southeast.

  • 08:33 (IST)

    Govt starts arresting coup supporters

    President Erdogan on Saturday said that his government was working to crush a coup attempt after a night of explosions, air battles and gunfire across the capital that left dozens dead and at least 150 people wounded.

    Speaking on national television from Istanbul, Erdogan said the government was arresting coup supporters in the military and warned "they will pay a heavy price for their treason to Turkey," according to a transcript of his remarks provided by his office. "Those who stain the military's reputation must leave. The process has started today and it will continue just as we fight other terrorist groups."

  • 08:19 (IST)

    Indications of involvement of Pennsylvania cleric

    A lawyer for the Turkish government says "there are indications of direct involvement" in the coup attempt of a cleric who is living in exile in Pennsylvania.

    Robert Amsterdam said in a statement Friday evening that he and his firm "have attempted repeatedly to warn the US government of the threat posed" by Fethullah Gulen and his movement.

    He says that according to Turkish intelligence sources, "there are signs that Gulen is working closely with certain members of military leadership against the elected civilian government."

    The president of a group that promotes Gulen's ideas denied the charges. Y. Alp Aslandogan of the New York-based Alliance for Shared Values tells AP "we categorically deny such accusations and find them to be highly irresponsible."

  • 08:15 (IST)

    Leaders across the world issue statements on Turkey

  • 08:10 (IST)

    42 people killed in Ankara

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

    According to Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, the number of soldiers who were arrested in the coup plot has increased to 130.

    President Erdogan earlier said that the coup plot will fail.

  • 08:07 (IST)

    Hillary Clinton issues statement on Turkey

  • 08:05 (IST)

    We will not abandon our country: Erdogan 

    President Erdogan says his general secretary was abducted by coup makers and there is no information on the chief of the military staff.

    Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, speaking on NTV, says he has ordered the "annihilation" of military planes used by coup plotters. He says military jets have taken off from an air base in Eskisehir, east of Ankara.

    According to transcripts of the president's remarks provided by his office, Erdogan said that he arrived in Istanbul from the holiday resort of Marmaris, which was also been bombed after he left there.

    He says: "Those who drive around in tanks will have to go back to where they came from. ... The most important thing right now is that millions of Turkish citizens are on the streets at 4.30 am."

    He says coup makers "are a minority within the military."

    According to Erdogan, "Turkey has a democratically elected government and president. We are in charge and we will continue exercising our powers until the end. We will not abandon our country to these invaders. It will end well."

  • 07:55 (IST)

    120 arrested in coup plot

    Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, speaking to state-run Anadolu Agency, says more than 120 people have been arrested in a coup plot. According to AP, he says: "Things are getting better every minute."

    Yildirim called on people to remain in the streets to support the government against coup plotters and appealed for patience.

    He says a few air force planes flown by coup plotters still remain in the air. He has earlier ordered those aircraft shot down.

  • 07:49 (IST)

    Turkish military opens fire on crowds in Ankara 

    The Turkish military reportedly opened fire on the crowds that took to the streets of Ankara protesting the coup after President Erdogan's appeal. Amid reports of several casualties, Turkish fighter jets reportedly shot down military helicopters used by the coup plotters. 

  • 07:47 (IST)

    Failed coup?

    Turkish officials said the government had appeared to have repelled an attempted military coup following a night of explosions, air battles and gunfire across the capital that left at least 17 dead, according to state-run media. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in an interview over FaceTime with the CNN Turk station, dismissed the military action as "an attempt at an uprising by a minority within our armed forces." His office declined to disclose his whereabouts, saying only that he was in a secure location.

  • 07:47 (IST)

    Turkish military claims takeover of country 

    On Friday, Turkey's army said that they had taken over the country's administration in an attempted coup to protect "democratic order" and to maintain human rights. 

    However, Turkish PM Binali Yildirim said that the elected government has remained in power. According to local media reports, the Turkish army has taken over state TV and imposed martial law in the country. 

Turkish officials on Saturday said the government had appeared to have repelled an attempted military coup following a night of explosions, air battles and gunfire across the capital that left at least 17 dead, according to state-run media.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in an interview over FaceTime with the CNN Turk station, dismissed the military action as "an attempt at an uprising by a minority within our armed forces." His office declined to disclose his whereabouts, saying only that he was in a secure location.

A file photo of Recep Erdogan. Reuters

A file photo of Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Reuters

Turks took to the streets of cities across the country waving national flags throughout the attempted coup to show their support for the government.

By Saturday morning, a top Turkish official said the coup attempt appeared to have been repelled. The senior official told The Associated Press that all government officials were in charge of their offices. The official requested anonymity
because of the sensitivity of the issue.

Earlier, Nuh Yilmaz, a spokesman for Turkish National Intelligence told CNN Turk the coup attempt had been quashed. Yilmaz added that Gen. Hulusi Akar, the military chief of staff, was back in control and "everything is returning to normal."

The chaos, included a reported bomb explosion at the parliament, capped a period of political turmoil in Turkey blamed on Erdogan's increasingly authoritarian rule, which has included a government shake up and a crackdown on dissidents and opposition media.

Critics also have blamed Erdogan for taking a hard line on Turkey's Kurdish rebels after the collapse of peace efforts, leading to deadly clashes that have increased military casualties. His government has also come under scrutiny for allegedly tolerating the flow of fighters and weapons to rebel groups fighting the government in Syria in the early years of the civil war there, fueling the growth of the Islamic State group.

That policy, according to analysts, backfired when Turkey took on a more active role in the U.S.-led coalition against the extremists, who have since been blamed for a series of deadly bombings on Turkish soil.

The coup attempt began late Friday, with a statement from the military saying it had seized control "to reinstall the constitutional order, democracy, human rights and freedoms, to ensure that the rule of law once again reigns in the country, for law and order to be reinstated."


Published Date: Jul 16, 2016 03:26 pm | Updated Date: Jul 16, 2016 03:31 pm