Attempt of military coup d’état in Turkey fails
The Turkish government reports that the situation is practically under control, though sporadic gunfire is heard in major cities across the country, BBC reports.
According to Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, ‘there was illegal act by a group within the military that was acting out of the chain of military command. Our people should know that we will not allow any activity that would harm democracy’. Yildirim ordered the military to shoot down the aircraft used by coup plotters; as the riot began, the rebels had at their disposal several tanks and helicopters. Two of their choppers have been downed already.
In some areas across the country, rebels have been surrendering their weapons to police loyal to Erdogan. The surrender of one unit of 60 soldiers, who had taken control of one of the Bosphorus bridges in Istanbul, was shown live on TV on Saturday morning.
Traffic was stopped from crossing both the Bosphorus and Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridges in Istanbul. Ataturk International Airport is now under control of the Armed Forces; it has been operating normally, after several hours-long break over the night.
In a statement, the Turkish foreign ministry said the coup attempt 'was foiled by the Turkish people in unity and solidarity.'
'Our president and government are in charge. Turkish Armed Forces were not involved in the coup attempt in its entirety. It was conducted by a clique within the armed forces and received a well-deserved response from our nation.'
Sixty people died during the overnight clashes, many of them civilians, and 754 soldiers were arrested, Turkish officials said.