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Turkey Coup: Turkish Military Declares Takeover of Country, Top Officials Reportedly Taken Hostage




Editors Comment/Update: So based on reports from mainstream, the coup was a failed attempt but also there is suspicion that Turkeys President Erdogan may have staged the entire thing to gain a tighter grasp of power.

UPDATE:
After a night of explosions, gunfire and tanks rolling along the streets, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Turkey Saturday that an attempted military coup was over and the government was in charge.

However, the sounds of fighting were still being reported in Ankara and Istanbul after the chaotic attempt by members of the military to wrest control from Erdogan.

At least 42 people died and 1,000 people were injured across the country.
Here is the latest.

Death toll rises; generals and colonels arrested

At least 60 people have died following the attempted military coup, a government official tells CNN.

Five generals and 29 colonels are relieved of their duty, according to Turkey’s Interior Ministry, and several high court judges are also being questioned.

At least one air force base in the country is still in control of the insurgents, according to the ministry.

Huge numbers being treated in hospital

800 people are hospitalized in Ankara, Turkey’s capital, and 200 people in Istanbul, according to a tweet from Kerem Kinik, the President of the Red Crescent in Turkey. The total number of wounded, according to Kinik, is 1,000 at this time

Update portion source: CNN


Original Article below:

Turkey’s government appears to have been overthrown in a coup, as the military claimed taking control over the country.

“Turkish Armed Forces have completely taken over the administration of the country to reinstate constitutional order, human rights and freedoms, the rule of law and the general security that was damaged,” the military said in a statement. “All international agreements are still valid. We hope that all of our good relationships with all countries will continue.”

Heavily armed soldiers and military vehicles closed the two main bridges in Istanbul Friday evening, and while low-flying military jets could be heard overhead.

Around midnight local time, a TRT anchor announced the country was now run by a “Peace Council” that will ensure the safety of the population.

Tanks have been posted outside Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport and in other locations in the city.

Access to Twitter, Facebook and YouTube is being blocked, while the state-owned TRT television has gone off the air, according to reports from inside Turkey. It’s website shows weather.

“Some people illegally undertook an illegal action outside of the chain of command,” Prime Minister Bulent Yildirim said, in comments broadcast by private channel NTV.

Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag reportedly blamed the coup on Fethullah Gülen, a Turkish preacher currently residing in the US. A former ally of President Erdogan’s AKP party, Gülen fell out of favor in 2013.

President Recep Erdogan is reportedly on vacation in the southern Turkish resort town of Bodrum.

About half an hour after midnight local time on Saturday, Erdogan appeared on CNN Turk (via Skype), issuing a statement blaming “parallel state” for the coup, calling for people to take to the streets, and vowing “We will overcome this.”

Tanks have been posted outside Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport, while armored vehicles were photographed outside TRT offices.

All flights from Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport have been canceled, Reuters reported citing a witness.

The Turkish military announced it was seizing power in the country “to protect the democratic order and to maintain human rights.”

US Secretary of State John Kerry said he hopes for “peace and continuity” in Turkey, AFP reported. -RT

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