Here’s what we know from the overnight coup attempt:
- The military late Friday said they “seized control to reinstall democracy, human rights and freedoms.”
- Dozens left dead following explosions, gunfire, and a reported air battle.
- According to state-run Anadolu Agency, a bomb hit the Turkish Parliament in Ankara.
- President Erdogan called on Turks to take to the streets and support the government.
- TV footage showed Turks gathering in Ankara and protesting the army in support of Erdogan.
- By Saturday morning, a top Turkish official said the coup attempt appeared to have been repelled.
- Hundreds of soldiers across the country were arrested.
- Turkish president said coup supporters “will pay a heavy price for their treason”
Updated July 16, 2016 at 12:25 a.m.
Turkish president: Coup supporters will ‘pay a heavy price’ for treason
Dozens of people were killed when explosions, gunfire and a reported air battle between loyalist forces and coup supporters erupted in the Turkish capital of Ankara and other areas late Friday. By early Saturday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared he was in control of the country as government forces fought to squash the coup attempt. Hundreds of soldiers across the country were arrested and military officers were fired. Military chief of staff Gen. Hulusi Akar was rescued from the coup plotters. Read more…
Updated July 15, 2016 at 4:17 pm
Obama: All parties in Turkey should support Erdogan gov’t
President Barack Obama on Friday urged all sides in Turkey to support the democratically elected government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan amid a military takeover of the key NATO ally.
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In a statement issued after a meeting with his national security advisers, Obama also urged everyone in Turkey to show restraint and avoid violence or bloodshed.
Erdogan has called on Turks to take to the streets and support the government.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in an interview over FaceTime with the CNN Turk, dismissed the 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.
“I’m making a call out to my people. I’m inviting them out to all our public squares. I’m inviting them out to our airports. Let us gather in our squares, at our airports as the people and let that minority group come upon as with their tanks and artillery and do whatever they wish to do,” Erdogan said.
Updated July 15, 2016 at 2:19 pm
Kerry hopes for continuity in Turkey amid coup reports
Kerry, in Moscow for talks on Syria with Russian officials Friday, told reporters he did not have details of the situation rapidly unfolding on the ground in Turkey and said it would be “inappropriate” to comment on developments. But he expressed hope that the key ally and strategically important member of the coalition fighting the Islamic State would remain at peace.