Live coverage: Military coup in Turkey

Reports on social media and in local press described tanks in the streets and military planes and helicopters overhead in Ankara.

  • 2016-07-16 07:33 GMT - We are closing our live report as Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reasserts control after a coup bid by discontented soldiers.
    Officials insist the putsch bid is falling apart with over 1,560 officers held and close to 200 unarmed soldiers at the Turkish military HQ surrendering.
    Soldiers and tanks had taken to the streets late on Friday and multiple explosions rang out throughout the night in Ankara and Istanbul, the two biggest cities of the strategic NATO member of 80 million people.
    After a night of drama and bloodshed, at least 90 people had died and more than 1,150 people were wounded, according to state-run news agency Andalou.
    Crowds of flag-waving supporters of Erdogan's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) appeared to have turned the tide, defying orders of a curfew and marching out onto the streets to block the attempt to overthrow the regime.
    by AFP via Coup attempt in Turkey - LIVE REPORT 7/16/2016 7:34:58 AM
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    by AFP via Coup attempt in Turkey - LIVE REPORT 7/16/2016 7:17:22 AM
  • Casualty toll
    2016-07-16 06:53 GMT - State news agency puts the toll at 90 dead, 1,154 wounded in coup attempt
    by AFP via Coup attempt in Turkey - LIVE REPORT 7/16/2016 6:54:39 AM
  • 2016-07-16 06:46 GMT - NEARLY 200 SOLDIERS AT MILITARY HQ SURRENDER: STATE NEWS AGENCY
    by AFP via Coup attempt in Turkey - LIVE REPORT 7/16/2016 6:47:16 AM
  • 1,563 soldiers held
    2016-07-16 06:37 GMT - A government official has raised the total number of military detained across the country to 1,563 from 754 given earlier.
    by AFP via Coup attempt in Turkey - LIVE REPORT 7/16/2016 6:39:24 AM
  • 2016-07-16 06:35 GMT - TURKISH PARLIAMENT IS HOLDING AN EXTRAORDINARY SESSION
    by AFP via Coup attempt in Turkey - LIVE REPORT 7/16/2016 6:36:31 AM
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    People celebrate on the Bosphorus bridge in Istanbul after coup soldiers there surrendered

    by AFP via Coup attempt in Turkey - LIVE REPORT 7/16/2016 6:24:39 AM
  • Summary (2)
    2016-07-16 06:21 GMT - Events so far:
    Officials insist the attempted coup is falling apart.
    Government-backed jets have downed pro-coup aircraft and bombed tanks surrounding the presidential palace in the capital Ankara.
    Dozens of soldiers backing the coup surrendered on the Bosphorus bridge in Istanbul.
    Officials say 754 soldiers have been detained around the country and 29 colonels and 5 generals have been removed from their posts.
    President Recep Tayyip Erdogan returned to Istanbul during the early hours of Saturday, saying the hotel he was staying at on Turkey's Aegean coast was bombed after he left and blasted the coup attempt as "treason."
    Erdogan appointed General Umit Dundar, commander of the First Army, as acting chief of staff after General Hulusi Akar was captured and taken hostage.
    Akar was later rescued, the private TV station CNN-Turk reported.
    Prime Minister Binali Yildirim is believed to be in Ankara.
    A group calling itself the "Council for Peace in the Homeland" declared martial law and a curfew in a statement, saying it had launched the coup "to ensure and restore constitutional order, democracy, human rights and freedoms and let the supremacy of the law in the country prevail..."
    No named military officer has claimed responsibility.
    Erdogan put the blame for the coup on supporters of his arch-foe, US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, who denied being behind it and condemned the coup "in the strongest terms".
    Major clashes between coup soldiers and crowds of people supporting the government have left 60 dead, officials say, mostly civilians.
    An AFP photographer saw troops open fire on people gathered near one of the Bosphorus bridges in Istanbul and state-run news agency Anadolu reported that the parliament in Ankara had been bombed.
    World leaders called for calm, with US President Barack Obama urging support for the government which he said had been elected in democratic elections.
    by AFP via Coup attempt in Turkey - LIVE REPORT 7/16/2016 6:22:18 AM
  • General Akar rescued
    2016-07-16 05:38 GMT - Turkish security forces rescue the country's top army general, Hulusi Akar, in an operation in Ankara, taking him to a safe location, according to the private CNN-Turk television
    by AFP via Coup attempt in Turkey - LIVE REPORT 7/16/2016 5:42:12 AM
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    by AFP via Coup attempt in Turkey - LIVE REPORT 7/16/2016 5:23:16 AM
  • Defiant drinkers
    2016-07-16 05:10 GMT - Not everyone was immediately involved in the street protests.
    In one Istanbul bar at least, a group of young men stayed defiantly in their seats, saying they would not leave their tables or their drinks.
    No military coup would stop them enjoying a Friday night in Besiktas, a hip neighbourhood on Istanbul's European side.
    "This country has seen so many coups, I am against them. It will not work," one drinker told AFP.
    "Look, everyone is going home because of the coup. How many people can you see here? This place should be filled with thousands of people.
    "This coup is not good, it will set us back 20 years. Brothers should not spill blood."
    by AFP via Coup attempt in Turkey - LIVE REPORT 7/16/2016 5:11:54 AM
  • Crowd anger
    2016-07-16 05:02 GMT - The anger of the crowd against coup soldiers, which saw at least one soldier killed on the Bosphorus bridge in Istanbul after they surrendered, was apparent from the start of the coup attempt.
    Troops filed into Taksim Square uncertain of how they would be received and before long, angry crowds had gathered to denounce them.
    "Military get out," they chanted, crowding around a monument that marks the birth of the Turkish republic almost a century ago.
    One of crowd, who gave his name only as Dogan, explained to AFP. "The people are afraid of a military government. Most of them have been in military service -- they know what a military government would mean."
    As a helicopter flew overhead the crowd began to boo, shaking their fists at the night sky.
    Then there was horror as the soldiers opened fire.
    "The military, they did this! Murderers!" screamed one man above the shouts of the crowd.
    Soldiers also opened fire on thousands of civilians trying to cross the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge across the Bosphorus by foot, an AFP photographer witnessed, leaving tens of people injured.
    by AFP via Coup attempt in Turkey - LIVE REPORT 7/16/2016 5:03:46 AM
  • Soldiers arrested
    2016-07-16 04:58 GMT - The state-run Anatolia news agency reports that 754 members of the Turkish armed forces have been arrested across the country.
    A Turkish official says 29 colonels and 5 generals had been removed from their posts.
    by AFP via Coup attempt in Turkey - LIVE REPORT 7/16/2016 5:00:57 AM
  • Gulen statement
    2016-07-16 04:42 GMT - More from the statement by Fethullah Gulen:
    "As someone who suffered under multiple military coups during the past five decades, it is especially insulting to be accused of having any link to such an attempt. I categorically deny such accusations."
    "I condemn, in the strongest terms, the attempted military coup in Turkey.
    "Government should be won through a process of free and fair elections, not force.
    "I pray to God for Turkey, for Turkish citizens, and for all those currently in Turkey that this situation is resolved peacefully and quickly."

    by AFP via Coup attempt in Turkey - LIVE REPORT 7/16/2016 4:44:32 AM
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    Police try to protect the body of a soldier killed by the crowd on the Bosphorus bridge in Istanbul

    by AFP via Coup attempt in Turkey - LIVE REPORT 7/16/2016 4:40:56 AM
  • Soldier killed
    2016-07-16 04:35 GMT - The surrender by coup soldiers on the Bosphorus bridge in Istanbul is not all peaceful, as AFP photographer Bulent Kilic, who has been covering events from the start, takes pictures of the body of a soldier killed by the crowd.
    by AFP via Coup attempt in Turkey - LIVE REPORT 7/16/2016 4:39:33 AM
  • "Insulting"
    2016-07-16 04:24 GMT - Fethullah Gulen, the US-based cleric accused by President Erdogan of being behind the coup attempt, has issued a brief statement condemning the coup "in the strongest terms."
    "As someone who suffered under multiple military coups during the past five decades, it is especially insulting to be accused of having any link to such an attempt. I categorically deny such accusations."
    by AFP via Coup attempt in Turkey - LIVE REPORT 7/16/2016 4:26:41 AM
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    Turkey: coup attempt

    by AFP via Coup attempt in Turkey - LIVE REPORT 7/16/2016 4:20:51 AM
  • Civilian dead
    2016-07-16 04:17 GMT - Giving the latest toll an official says most of the 60 people killed are civilians, while the majority of the 336 detained are soldiers, but doesn't give further details.

    by AFP via Coup attempt in Turkey - LIVE REPORT 7/16/2016 4:19:28 AM
  • Victory signs
    2016-07-16 04:11 GMT - On the Bosphorus bridge in Istanbul TV pictures showed some jubilant supporters of President Erdogan climbing onto the tanks left behind by the coup soldiers, making victory signs and waving the Turkish flag, while others tried to run across the bridge kicking helmets and protective gear left behind by the rebel soldiers.
    by AFP via Coup attempt in Turkey - LIVE REPORT 7/16/2016 4:15:06 AM
  • 2016-07-16 04:09 GMT - AT LEAST 60 DEAD, 336 PEOPLE ARRESTED ACROSS TURKEY: OFFICIAL
    by AFP via Coup attempt in Turkey - LIVE REPORT 7/16/2016 4:10:48 AM
  • New army chief
    2016-07-16 04:03 GMT - General Umit Dundar, commander of the First Army, has been appointed as acting army chief, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says.
    Earlier President Erdogan said he did not know the whereabouts of former army chief Hulusi Akar.
    by AFP via Coup attempt in Turkey - LIVE REPORT 7/16/2016 4:06:10 AM
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