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Turkey left reeling after failed coup

Turkey is reeling after a failed coup last week, in which factions of the military attempted to oust incumbent President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Soldiers representing the Peace at Home forced Turkish state broadcaster the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation, to announce the success of the coup on the evening of Friday 15 July.

News anchor Tijen Karaş read a statement from the group saying: ‘the democratic and secular rule of law has been eroded by current government’ and they would ‘ensure safety of the population’.

Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım declared the coup over on the following day, and there were mass surrenders in Istanbul with tanks abandoned in throughout the city.

Foreign Minister Boris Johnson Tweeted on Saturday morning that he had: “Just spoken to #Turkey foreign minister @MevlutCavusoglu.

“I underlined #UK support for the democratic elected government & institutions”.

Military personal were taken hostage, including General Hulusi Akar, before members of the Turkish public demonstrated in support of their democracy.

President Erdoğan later suggested that the coup had been plotted by exiled cleric Fethullah Gülen, although he denied the claims.

Acting chief of general staff General Umit Dundar confirmed around 190 people had died during the coup, including police, military, and civilian casualties, while around 1,440 had been injured.

A total of 7,543 people were detained following the coup, largely military personnel, while 48,222 government officials and workers were suspended.

TNT News

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