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Turkey’s short-lived coup crushed in less than 24 hours

17th Jul 2016
Turkey’s short-lived coup crushed in less than 24 hours

ANKARA (AA) – Turkey defeats coup attempt in less than 24 hours

The attempt by sections of the Turkish military to overthrow the government began at around 10 p.m. local time (1900GMT) Friday and was thwarted by 8 p.m. Saturday.

Around 160 people were martyred and 20 pro-coup servicemen killed. Around 3,000 military personnel have been arrested.

According to the government, the coup was organized by followers of U.S.-based Fetullah Gulen, who is accused of pursuing a long-running campaign to overthrow the government through supporters within the Turkish state, particularly the military, police and judiciary.

Below is the chronology of developments (all times local):

July 15

10 p.m. – Shots heard inside General Staff complex in Ankara and a helicopter fires at people on the ground. Soldiers take control of state broadcaster TRT and the General Staff headquarters in Ankara as troops seize the Bosphorus and Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridges linking Asia and Europe in Istanbul.

11.24 p.m. – An explosion is heard at the Police Special Operations Center in Golbasi, to the south of Ankara.

11.30 p.m. – Prime Minister Binali Yildirim announces an “attempt to stage a coup” in a live TV broadcast.

11.30 p.m. – Chief of the General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar is held hostage by pro-coup soldiers.

July 16

12.00 a.m. – Security sources tell Anadolu Agency the coup is being conducted by officers who are members of the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) led by U.S.-based Fetullah Gulen.

12.11 a.m. – President Recep Tayyip Erdogan leaves Marmaris, in Turkey’s southwest, for Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul.

12.13 a.m. – TRT news anchor forced to read a declaration from coup leaders claiming to have taken control of the nation as the Committee of Peace at Home. Erdogan later addresses the country via mobile telephone, urging people to “go to the squares” to resist the coup and defend democracy.

12.35 a.m. – First investigation into the coup launched by a prosecutor in Istanbul.

1.01 a.m. – Ankara Police Department attacked by jets and helicopters.

1.39 a.m. – First pro-coup soldiers arrested.

2.20 a.m. – Golbasi Special Forces Department headquarters bombed by pro-coup aircraft, killing 17 police officers and two personnel from satellite operator TURKSAT.

2.30 a.m. – 13 soldiers, including three senior officers, are held while attempting to take over the presidential palace in Ankara. A spokesman for the National Intelligence Service says the coup has been “thwarted”.

2.42 a.m. and 02.49 a.m. – The Turkish parliament is bombed, injuring a number of people.

3.00 a.m. – TRT resumes broadcasting.

3.20 a.m. – Erdogan lands in Istanbul.

4.00 a.m. – Ankara chief public prosecutor’s office orders the arrests of members of the coup leadership.

4.42 a.m. – Helicopters open fire on the hotel in Marmaris where Erdogan had been staying. Five police are injured in a firefight with troops.

5:20 a.m. – Yildirim tweets that 130 soldiers have been arrested and a rebel general killed.

6:52 a.m. – 1st Army Commander Gen. Umit Dundar is appointed as acting chief of staff in Akar’s absence.

7.10 a.m. – Interior Ministry confirms that more than 330 FETO members have been detained.

7.35 a.m. – More than 750 military personnel held over coup allegations.

8.32 a.m. – Akar rescued from pro-coup forces.

9.32 a.m. – Around 1,370 suspected FETO military members detained.

9.40 a.m. – 200 soldiers surrender to police in Ankara.

9.44 a.m. – Deaths of 90 people during the failed coup are revealed by authorities. 1,154 have been injured.

9.46 a.m. – Treason charges laid against the retired air force commander Gen. Akin Ozturk and Lt. Gen. Metin Iyidil, commander of the Land Forces Training and Doctrine Command.

9.56 a.m. – 1,563 suspected FETO members arrested.

9.58 a.m. – Judicial recess cancelled.

10.07 a.m. – 700 soldiers surrender to police in Ankara.

10.22 a.m. – Pro-coup soldiers in Marmaris leave area.

10.34 a.m. – A group of senior officers who were held by plotters after refusing to join the coup is freed.

10.37 a.m. – Yildrim announces that Akar is on-duty at prime minister’s residence Cankaya Palace.

11.27 a.m. – Coup forces at General Command HQ ask to negotiate surrender.

12.04 p.m. – 200 soldiers arrested at General Command HQ.

12.56 p.m. – Three prosecutors receive surrender of troops at General Command HQ.

12.57 p.m. – Yildirim says 161 people martyred, 1,440 injured during coup attempt. 2,839 military personnel involved in the “vile attempt” arrested.

2.37 p.m. – 2,745 judges suspended over alleged links to coup attempt.

3.26 p.m. – 10 members of Council of State, Turkey’s highest administrative court, are arrested.

4.08 p.m. – Ankara chief public prosecutor’s office issues detention orders against 11 members of the Supreme Court and four members of the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors over alleged coup ties.

5.00 p.m. – Yildirim addresses to an extraordinary session of the Turkish parliament.

8.02 p.m. -An operation at Akinci air base northwest of Ankara ends. The base had served as the coup headquarters.

9.57 p.m. – Ankara chief public prosecutor’s office demands the arrest of 2,745 suspended judges.

Author Burcu Arik,Handan Kazancı

 

[Photo: People gather in front of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s residence at Kisikli Neighborhood in Istanbul, Turkey on July 17, 2016 to protest the failed military coup attempt in Turkey. Photographer: Elif Öztürk/AA]

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