1. Turkey coup attempt: 161 killed, 2,839 detained; flights return to normal schedule

Turkey coup attempt: 161 killed, 2,839 detained; flights return to normal schedule

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday declared an 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.

By: | Updated: July 17, 2016 12:15 AM
coup_AP-L Turkey coup attempts: Bombs struck near the Turkish Grand Assembly. Airborne shelling at several locations included the ruling AK Party headquarters, the presidential complex and the General Staff, Anadolu News Agency said. (AP)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday declared an 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.

A chaotic night began late Friday with reports of soldiers trying to take control of bridges and key areas in major cities. Later, army helicopters began airstrikes and shelled key locations in the capital, Ankara.

So far, 130 soldiers were detained in the coup attempt. Conflicting media reports differed in the death toll figures. BBC, CNN and the Guardian said 42 people, mostly civilians were killed while Xinhua news agency have put the toll at 60.

Bombs struck near the Turkish Grand Assembly. Airborne shelling at several locations included the ruling AK Party headquarters, the presidential complex and the General Staff, Anadolu News Agency said.

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


(Timing followed is Indian Standard Time)

11.00 pm: A top army general has been detainedover alleged involvement in a coup attempt aimed at ousting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government, an official said  today.

9.50 pm: Turkey detains Constitutional Court member after coup attempt

9.15 pm: Turkey’s regional allies today condemned a deadly but foiled coup attempt by a faction of the army against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s rule.

8.30 pm: Turkish authorities on Saturday detained the commander of the Second Army in connection with the attempted military takeover overnight.

8.00 pm: US’ anti-ISIS operations hit after failed Turkey coup: Pentagon

7.30 pm: Turkish Airlines official said that flights at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport has returned to their normal schedule on Saturday.

6.35 pm: Sushma Swaraj said that all 148 Indian children and 38 officials stranded in Turkey for World Schools Sports Meet are safe.

5.45 pm: US based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen denies accusations he played a role in the attempted coup and condemns “in the strongest terms” the attempt to topple the government.  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry earlier says he has not received any request to extradite Gulen.

5.30 pm: Police detain about 100 military officers at air base in Diyarbakir, southeastern Turkey, security sources say.

5.00 pm: Turkish authorities remove 2,745 judges from duty, broadcaster NTV reports, citing a decision by the High Council of Judges and Prosectors (HSYK). Five members of HSYK, Turkey’s high judiciary board, are also removed, state-run Anadolu Agency reports.

4.45 pm:  Turkish maritime authorities re-open Istanbul’s Bosphorus Strait to transiting tankers, agent GAC says.

4.30 pm: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan sends a mass text message imploring people to take to the streets against a “narrow cadre”.

4.15 pm: Greek military source says anti-government group at Turkey’s Golcuk naval base has taken over frigate, head of Turkish fleet taken hostage.

4.00 pm: Turkish military helicopter lands in northern Greece, eight men on board request political asylum, men arrested, say Greek officials. Turkish foreign ministry asks Greece to return men.

3.45 pm: Russian airlines have suspended regular passenger flights to Turkey after an order from President Vladimir Putin following a coup attempt in Turkey, TASS news agency quoted an official from Russia’s Transport Ministry as saying on Saturday.

3.30 pm: Any country that stands by the Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen will not be a friend of Turkey and will be considered at war with the NATO member, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Saturday.

3.15 pm: About 20 of the people who planned the overnight coup in Turkey are dead and 30 more are wounded, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim

3.00 pm: Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said 161 people were killed in the coup attempt against the government, with 2,839 soldiers now detained on suspicion of involvement.

02.33 pm: Turkey’s EU Minister Omer Celik says coup situation ‘90% under control’, but some commanders still being hostage.

02.30 pm: The airspace over Turkey’s northwestern Marmara region has been closed to civilian flights until 1805 GMT, the state-run Anadolu Agency said on Saturday, citing information from aviation authorities.

02.20 pm: Worsening political situation and terrorist threats in Turkey mean increased danger to international and regional stability: Russian Foreign Ministry.

02.18 pm: Russia reiterates its readiness for joint constructive work with the legitimate leadership of Turkey, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Saturday.

02.00 pm: Turkey’s armed forces are determined to remove members of the “parallel structure” from their ranks, the military’s acting chief of staff said on Saturday.

1.48 pm: Many Turkish military commanders have been taken hostage by soldiers who attempted a coup, the acting chief of staff of the armed forces, Umit Dundar, said on Saturday.

1.46 pm: Another uprising attempt in Turkey could be staged at any time, Turkey’s presidency said on Twitter on Saturday, adding it was necessary to stay in charge of the streets.

1.33 pm: Turkey’s acting chief of staff Dundar says, anyone who betrays the country will not go unpunished.

1.30 pm: 90 people dead including 47 civilians, 1154 people wounded in coup attemt, confirms  Dundar

01.00 pm: Authorities shut Istanbul’s Bosphorus to tankers for ‘security reasons’: Agent

12.46 pm: UK Foreign Secretary Johnson says he has spoken to Turkey’s Foreign Minister, underlined UK’s support for the Democratic elected government.

12.25 pm: Number of wounded rises to 1,154: Anadolu

12.20 pm: Death toll rises to 90, reports State-run Anadolu agency

11.30 am: Turkey’s intelligence agency headquarters were attacked by military helicopters and heavy machinegun fire during an attempted military coup overnight, wounding at least three people, an intelligence source told Reuters on Saturday.

11.04 am: Iran suspended all flights to Turkey after a coup attempt in the neighbouring country.

11.02 am: The head of Turkey’s armed forces has been rescued after being held hostage during an attempted coup by a military faction which used tanks and attack helicopters to try to seize power overnight, a senior Turkish official said.

10.48 am: Turkish authorities have detained 754 members of the armed forces after an overnight coup attempt by a faction within the military that used tanks and attack helicopters to try to overthrow the government, a senior official said.

10.40 am: 

10.25 am: Pro-coup faction of Turkish military says still fighting

10. 20 am: “India calls upon all sides 2 support democracy & mandate of the ballot, & avoid bloodshed,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted.

10.15 am:  China called on Turkey to restore order and stability as soon as possible after a coup attempt, state television cited China’s foreign ministry as saying on Saturday.

10.10 am: EU Chief Donald Tusk says that tensions in Turkey cannot be resolved by guns.

10.06 am: China calls for restoring order, stability in Turkey : State Media

10.00 am: Erdogan supporters attack pro-coup soldiers who surrended on Istanbul Bridge: Reuters witness

09.50 am: EU’S Tusk says consequences of coup attempt will be crucial for whole region and EU-Turkey relations

09.46 am: At least 60 dead, 336 people arrested across Turkey: Official

09.36 am: Turkish Justice Minister says 336 people detained following coup attempt: CNN Turk

09.28 am: Turkey appoints Umit Dundar as acting chief of military staff,while whereabouts of the current head of armed forces remain unclear: Turkish Official

09.20 am: European Council President Donald Tusk called on Saturday for a swift return to Turkey’s constitutional order, after a coup attempt there.

“Turkey is a key partner for the European Union. The EU fully supports the democratically elected government, the institutions of the country and the rule of law,” Tusk said at regional summit in Mongolia.

09.18 am: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday urged his supporters to remain on the streets until the situation normalises after military officers attempted a coup.

Turkish President Erdogan addresses during an attempted coup in Istanbul

09.15 am: Around 50 soldiers involved in an attempted military coup in Turkey surrendered on one of the bridges across the Bosphorus in Istanbul on Saturday, abandoning their tanks with their hands raised in the air, live footage on CNN Turk showed.

09.12 am:  Anadolu Agency: Military helicopter used by coup plotters shot down in outskirts of Ankara.

09.03 am: Turkish Airlines have resumed. There’s still a small disturbance in Ankara, hopefully will overcome soon: President Erdogan

09.01 am: It is clear who the people elected as their government, as their president, says Erdogan.

08.40 am: 

08.32 am: Bomb attacks on Turkey’s parliament are continuing, a senior Turkish official said on Saturday, adding that rebel soldiers have been warned they will be shot down if they attempt to use more military aircraft.

07.45 am: Rebel soldiers in Ankara and Istanbul were still firing from the air early on Saturday, although fighter jets have taken off to deal with rogue military aircraft, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said.

07.34 am: NTV television quotes prosecutor’s office in Ankara saying at least 42 people have been killed in ‘attacks’ in the capital.

07.32 am: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says prime minister has given orders to “eradicate” those who are shooting from the air.

07.30 am: Turkey PM says more than 120 arrested over coup attempt: AFP

07.10 am: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday said he would stay with his “people” and not go anywhere, hours after a section of the military attempted to overthrow him.

07.09 am: Prime Minister Binali Yildirim: This is second independence war of Turkey.


07.02 am: Airlines diverted flights en route to Turkey and canceled departures from Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport as a coup attempt unfolded in the country on Friday, pitting Turkey’s military against supporters of President Tayyip Erdogan.

06.55 am: Millions are in the street protesting coup attempt, says President Erdogan.

06.46 am: US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Friday she supported Turkey’s civilian government as it faced an attempted coup.

06.45 am: The uprising was an act of treason, says President Erdogan

06.42 am: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Saturday he was concerned about the situation in Turkey, where officials said a faction of the armed forces had attempted to stage a coup.

06.34 am: Turkey’s Fox TV meanwhile broadcast a recording of President Tayyip Erdogan speaking earlier in the night, saying an uprising had been attempted against the solidarity and unity of the country but that no power was above the national will.

06.32 am: No power is above the national will:  Erdogan

06.30 am: Turkey’s Erdogan says those involved in uprising will get necessary response, no matter what tjey are from.

06.29 am: Turkish private broadcaster CNN Turk halted its live news broadcast early on Saturday, as a presenter said soldiers had entered the studio control room.

06.09 am: Two more explosions hit Turkey’s parliament building in the capital Ankara early on Saturday, a Reuters witness reported, after an earlier blast rocked the building.

06.08 am: Turkey has closed border crossing with Bulgaria-: Bulgarian Foreign Ministry.

06.03 am: Mexico’s foreign ministry on Friday condemned the attempted coup by members of the armed forces in Turkey, saying in a statement that it was an attempt to suspend the country’s democratic system.

06.00 am: The United States called on all parties in Turkey to support President Tayyip Erdogan’s government against a coup attempt on Friday as world leaders expressed concern about the upheaval in a NATO member country that bridges Europe and the Middle East.

05.42 am: The attempted military coup in Turkey exploded across social media late on Friday despite restricted access to Twitter, Facebook and YouTube during the first hours of the putsch.

Immediately after the coup attempt began, two groups that monitor internet shutdowns reported that it was difficult or impossible to access social media services. Twitter said it suspected an “intentional slowing” of its traffic.

05.40 am: Staff at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport hope to resume international departures soon, European air traffic control agency Eurocontrol said early on Saturday.

05.32 am: The situation in Turkey is largely under control, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said, adding that an attempted coup against the government was an act of rebellion by followers of U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen.

Yildirim also told broadcaster NTV that a no-fly zone had been declared over the capital, Ankara.

05.31 am: The Pentagon said on Friday there was no impact to Incirlik air base, which was continuing counter-Islamic State air operations.

05.30 am: Qatar condemned on Saturday a military coup attempt in Turkey and said it supported legal measures taken by the Turkish government to maintain stability in the country.

05.19 am: Mexico’s government on Friday recommended its citizens should not travel to Turkey until the gravity of the situation became clear following a coup attempt by members of the armed forces.

05.16 am: 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.

05.02 am: US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday he emphasized the United States’ “absolute support” for Turkey’s democratically elected, civilian government during a phone call with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

04.54 am: Bulgaria bolstered its patrols on the Bulgarian-Turkish border and appealed to Bulgarians to restrain from travelling to the country’s southern neighbour, the government press office said in a statement.

04: 11 am: Turkey is not a third-world country, people who have depicted Turkey in this way will pay a heavy price.

04.05 am: Commander of Turkey’s ‘First Army’ divison says those attamepting coup are small faction, ”nothing to worry about”

04.04 am: Kremlin spokesperson says Moscow hopes that security will be provided in turkey for Russian nationals.

04.02 am: Access was restricted in Turkey on Friday to Facebook Inc, Twitter Inc and Alphabet Inc’s YouTube shortly after news that a military coup was under way, according to two internet monitoring groups.

with agency inputs

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