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Turkey coup attempt: what happened

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By Euronews
Turkey coup attempt: what happened

<p><strong>Soldiers on the streets</strong></p> <p>The first signs of the plot were when soldiers moved onto two key positions in Istanbul, blocking traffic on the Bosphorus Bridge and Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge around 19:30 local time on Friday.</p> <p>Helicopters and fighter jets fly low over the city as well as the capital Ankara.</p> <p><strong>Battle over the media</strong></p> <p>Prime Minister Binali Yildirim confirms the situation when he declares that an illegal attempt to overthrow the government is underway, backed by a part of the military.</p> <p>A few minutes later, the plotters respond, issuing a statement broadcast on TV channels informing the public that they are defending freedom and democracy which had been eroded by the ruling AK Party.</p> <p>At this stage, the whereabouts of President Ergogan were unclear, although media reported he was safe.</p> <p>Social media are blocked and television stations are occupied by soldiers.</p> <p>Just before 21:30, the president appears on <span class="caps">CNN</span> Turk on an iPhone video call. Speaking from a phone held up by the presenter, Erdogan calls on the public to take to the streets to thwart the soldiers. The coup attempt, he insists, will be overcome.</p> <p><strong>Battles in the cities</strong></p> <p>Explosions are heard in Ankara and a helicopter seen firing on a building.</p> <p>Gunfire erupts at Istanbul airport and explosions shake the Turkish parliament building and other locations.</p> <p>Around 23:00 it starts to become clear that the coup is failing as senior military figures condemn the plot and dismiss its threat. </p> <p>Thousands of people take to the streets to support the government. </p> <p>A helicopter used by the plotters is shot down by a fighter jet over Ankara and sporadic fighting continues.</p> <p><strong>Erdogan arrives in Ankara</strong></p> <p>The White House confirms its support for the elected government before Er¨dogan’s plane touches down at Istanbul airport. He is greeted by rapturous crowds.</p> <p>Groups of soldiers are now starting to surrender and taken into custody.</p> <p>By morning, more than 1,500 members of the military have been arrested and the death toll is put at around 100.</p> <a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/euronews/albums/72157671108098435" title="Turkey troops on streets"><img src="https://c4.staticflickr.com/9/8623/27715614883_9d1ef5fa26.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="Turkey troops on streets"></a><script async src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js" charset="utf-8"></script>