The Turkish military coup appears to have failed as soldiers surrender after many dead and hundreds arrested.

Turkish President Erdogan made a statement on Turkish television using his iPhone and FaceTime, calling on people to take to the streets to oppose the uprising.

Crowds confronted the coup plotters and gunfire and explosions were heard. At least 60 people died in the exchanges.

The president has now returned to Istanbul, calling the coup attempt an “act of treason” and saying the army must be cleansed. He told crowds the government was now back in control.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim ordered the military to shoot down aircraft being used by coup plotters, with a helicopter being shot down by an F-16.

At least 60 people are understood to have died with more than 700 members of the armed forces have been detained. 17 Turkish police officers were killed in a helicopter attack at the police special forces headquarters just outside of Ankara.

Reuters reported that in early hours of Saturday local time, the coup appears to have “crumbled” as crowds defied pro-coup military orders and gathered in major squares of Istanbul and Ankara to oppose the coup. Reuters also reported pro-coup soldiers surrendering to the police in Taksim Square, Istanbul.

After uncertainty regarding President Erdoğan’s location, senior Turkish officials stated to news agencies that President Erdoğan’s plane travelled to and landed in Istanbul. These reports were later confirmed. Erdoğan appeared on live television from Istanbul and he stated that he had plans to “clean up” the army.

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David Kitchener-Martin

OMG and Turkey wants to join the EU glad we are getting out.

Steven K
5 years ago

I’ve said for a while that the Turks ought to be watched. I wouldn’t trust either side nor would I favour a Muslim country join the EU esp when Erdogan is trying to create a religious Islamic rule of law as it’s often reported. My Observation of Turkey now is why the Sudden use of its forces now in Syria and where were they when the Region needed leadership? What did the Arab spring do? Regretfully as we’ve seen, France, the US and UK have faced the heavy burden of War and are becoming the continuous victims of successful plots… Read more »

Oliver Andrew Mavura
5 years ago

Shame to soldiers who surrendered you are going to be killed

Paul Jones
5 years ago

But we’re safer in the EU.. honest

Gary Davey
5 years ago

Erdogan will use it as an excuse to take more powers to himself

Duncan McIntyre
5 years ago

A pity the coup failed, the next one wont.

Rhys Faulkner
5 years ago

Their last like 4 have failed. Next one probably will too.

Duncan McIntyre
5 years ago

Hopefully not.

Ian Healy
5 years ago

Well that was a load of pants

Mike Gregory
5 years ago

Wouldn’t want to be in their shoes… ?

Wills Willey
5 years ago
Reply to  Mike Gregory

Yeah I bet they stink

Richard Wood
5 years ago

Tom Barker

Robert John Potter
5 years ago

great army cant even beat unarmed civilians

Jake Hayes
5 years ago

Not unarmed civilians that’s was the issue I think, half of the army and the police are loyal.

Robert John Potter
5 years ago

Jake Hayes one up for democracy

Davi Golde
5 years ago

Can’t slaughter civilians Fs tthey’d be no better than the bugger they where deposing. God bless them. Democracy is done for.

Ryan Campbell
5 years ago

Shame

Glenn Howard
5 years ago

Will be a far few unmarked graves over the next few days

Anthony Hurley
5 years ago

Disgraceful. Fkn surrendering?.??

Peter Vine
5 years ago

Once Erdogan got away it was more or less inevitable that the coup would fail. They had one shot at grabbing him and they missed him apparently.

After that he and the AKP were able to dictate the pace of things and take the momentum away from the Army. I think if the Army had managed to kidnap Erdogan then things would have been massively different.

Brendon Loy
5 years ago

Real shame.

Mark Burdis
5 years ago

No one does a coup like the Egyptians, Fact!

Steven Hayes
5 years ago

I for one am glad the coup failed, I’m no lover of Erdogan but he’s better than Turkey becoming a civil war and linking with the Syrian civil war, turkey has acted a a buffer between Europe and the Middle East for years, you think it’s bad now thank god it failed!

Kent Reynolds
5 years ago
Reply to  Steven Hayes

You have a valid and rational point.

Jon Seed
5 years ago

Spineless surrender monkeys like the French. White flags. Thought you Islamists had a backbone !

Max Baker
5 years ago

They couldn’t call their president winning democracy because he lost the first election then he demanded a second one!!! Turkey is now in the hands of terrorist sympathisers… This k God we voted out because were have this lot in the eu.. Don’t believe me why did Britain give Turkey 1billion a year for integration

Max Baker
5 years ago

Plus the coup didn’t have the full support of the army or its airforce… For example. A Turkish f16 shot down a Turkish helicopter

Neil Rowan
5 years ago

Not a great army if they gave up after a few hours

Marc Holt
5 years ago

I can’t help but feel that Erdogan has done exactly what Hitler did with the Reichstag fire incident. You can bet he will use it to his advantage to further erode personal liberties and democracy in Turkey. This coup only failed because it was a small faction within the army, had the entire army mutinied then he probably would have been ousted very quickly