Gunfire and explosions rock Istanbul in attempted military coup

Gunfire and explosions rock Istanbul in attempted military coup

Gunfire and explosions rock Istanbul in attempted military coup

Written by Staff Writer

16 Jul, 2016 | 7:41 am

The military in Turkey claims to have taken over the government, detaining the country’s leaders and seizing buildings amid scenes of tanks on the streets and the sound of explosions. President Erdogan has called on his supporters to protest the coup as officials vow to retaliate.

As the night wore on, crowds appeared to be answering Erdogan’s call to take to the streets, defying orders by the coup leaders to stay indoors.

Footage posted on social media websites purported to show people gathering and chanting in Istanbul and then taking cover as shots were fired.

Gunfire and explosions rocked both the main city Istanbul and capital Ankara in a chaotic night, but by the early hours of Saturday (July 16) there were indications that the coup was crumbling.

If successful, the overthrow of Erdogan, who has ruled Turkey since 2003, would mark one of the biggest shifts in the Middle East in years, transforming one of the most important U.S. allies while war rages on its border. If it fails, the coup attempt could still destabilise a pivotal country in the region.

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