Turkey army coup: 265 killed, 1,500 wounded

Turkey army coup: 265 killed, 1,500 wounded

Fighter jets dropped bombs near the Turkish presidential palace throughout Friday night and into Saturday morning. Turkey’s future was shrouded in doubt, with Erdogan forced to flee to a secure location, before police and government forces have appeared to regain control.

A wary Erdogan has warned there could be another uprising tonight as he called on supporters to stay outside to fight rebels.

The 2,839 army members arrested — including ordinary soldiers and high-ranking officers — could face the death penalty as Turkey considers reinstating capital punishment.

The president also sent a text message to Turkish people to urge them to stand up for democracy and peace. Thousands of civilians took to the streets to block military tanks from rolling into the capital Ankara and Turkey’s second city, Istanbul.

A total of 265 people — including police officers, civilians, government officials and 104 coup plotters — were killed and around 1,500 others wounded. Fighting continues, with some commanders still being held hostage by rebels, who have reportedly taken over a frigate and captured the head of the Turkish fleet.

Turkish authorities removed 2,745 judges from duty following the attempted coup, according to national broadcasters. 

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