181 Feared Dead, Almost 3,000 Detained In Failed Military Coup In Turkey
A total of 181 people died during clashes with more than 2,839 military personnel arrested by Turkish authorities, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Saturday morning.
Speaking outside his Cankaya palace in Ankara and flanked by top general Hulusi Akar who was held during the coup attempt, Yildirim also described the putsch bid as a “black stain” on Turkish democracy.
He added that 1,440 people had been wounded.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan now claims the attempted coup is over – but tensions remain high and Brits are being urged to stay indoors.
Erdogan, who had used an Iphone Facetime to call on the people to come out on the streets and resist the coup plotters, has now flown back to Istanbul, the country’s second most important city.
The President was met by cheering supporters who obeyed his call and contributed in frustrating the coup in the city.
Earlier, in a broadcast from the city’s Ataturk International Airport, he described the coup as an act of treason and promised that the country’s military would be “cleansed”.
“They have pointed the people’s guns against the people. The president, whom 52 percent of the people brought to power, is in charge. This government brought to power by the people is in charge. They won’t succeed as long as we stand against them by risking everything,” Mr Erdogan told cheering supporters outside the airport.
Flight, which was suspended in the Ataturk airport after the coup plotters initially took over, has now resumed as normalcy is gradually returning to the city.