Recently, there was an attempted military coup d’état in Turkey, which occurred late on Friday. Rebel military factions tried to seize control of the Turkish government in an attempt overthrow Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. What resulted was a battle between Turkey’s two major cities, Istanbul and Ankara. The conflict is said to have left at least 44 dead.
The following is an official statement made by the army group on live television:
“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. All international agreements are still valid. We hope that all of our good relationships with all countries will continue.”
President Erdoğan has stated that the military coup has been flanked and that he still has control over the country. However, some have doubts about this considering the continued violence and instability following the coup attempt.
Early Saturday morning, Erdoğan arrive at the Atatürk International Airport. He was greeted by thousands of citizens who had defied the rebel troops, swarming their tanks. NTV, a private television channel, showed him meeting with supporters and stating the following,
“A minority within the armed forces has unfortunately been unable to stomach Turkey’s unity,” he told them, “What is being perpetrated is a rebellion and a treason. They will pay a heavy price for their treason to Turkey.” President Erdoğan claims the rebel army is affiliated with the Gulen movement , however this has not yet been confirmed.
The White House made a statement that US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry believe that “all parties in Turkey should support the democratically-elected government of Turkey, show restraint, and avoid any violence or bloodshed”.
Iran’s foriegn minister, Javed Zarif stated that he is “Deeply concerned about the crisis in Turkey. Stability, democracy & safety of Turkish people are paramount. Unity & prudence are imperative.”
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and other Russian officials have called on their countrymen in Turkey to stay indoors during this time of conflict.
Al Jazeera provides us with the following timeline showing the history of coups that have occurred in Turkey: