Timeline of the attempted military coup in Turkey
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Timeline of the attempted military coup in Turkey

A look at how the failed effort to seize power in Ankara progressed, hour by hour

A Turkish anti-riot police officer stands guard on a tank after a military position on the Bosphorus bridge was taken over in Istanbul on July 16, 2016. (AFP Photo/Ozan Kose)
A Turkish anti-riot police officer stands guard on a tank after a military position on the Bosphorus bridge was taken over in Istanbul on July 16, 2016. (AFP Photo/Ozan Kose)

ANKARA — More than 200 people have died in a coup attempt in Turkey, and more than 2,800 soldiers have been detained on suspicion of taking part.

Fighting in Ankara or Istanbul reached a level not seen in decades, and included the use of combat jets and tanks.

Here is a recap of the events that erupted late on Friday:

Coup attempt starts with blocked bridges

– At around 11:00 p.m. (2000 GMT) on Friday, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim denounces an attempt to overthrow the government after bridges over the Bosphorus Strait were partially blocked by soldiers in Istanbul.

A man covered with blood stands near the Bosphorus bridge as Turkish military clash with people at the entrance to the bridge in Istanbul on July 16, 2016. Turkish military forces on July 16 opened fire on crowds gathered in Istanbul following a coup attempt, causing casualties, an AFP photographer said. The soldiers opened fire on grounds around the first bridge across the Bosphorus dividing Europe and Asia, said the photographer, who saw wounded people being taken to ambulances. (AFP PHOTO / Bulent KILIC)
A man covered with blood stands near the Bosphorus bridge as Turkish military clash with people at the entrance to the bridge in Istanbul on July 16, 2016. (AFP Photo/Bulent Kilic)

– Just before midnight, a group calling itself the “Council for Peace in the Homeland” declares martial law and a curfew as troops deploy in the country’s two biggest cities.

Jets battle tanks

– Fighting erupts between fighter jets and battle tanks, with rebels firing at loyalist troops and crowds of civilians who have poured into the streets to support the government. Planes buzz Ankara and fire at the parliament building and a bomb explodes near the presidential palace.

– In Marmaris, western Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan calls on the population to oppose the coup, speaking to the nation via a cell phone link broadcast by television.

– Tens of thousands of people with Turkish flags face off against the rebel forces and climb on top of tanks.

Erdogan says plotters committing “treason”

– Erdogan flies back to Istanbul’s Ataturk airport where a large crowd awaits, and declares that the coup plotters are guilty of “treason” and will pay a “very heavy price.”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to the media Saturday, July 16, 2016 in Istanbul, after a military coup against his government failed. (Anadolu Agency via AP)
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to the media July 16, 2016 in Istanbul, after a military coup against his government failed. (Anadolu Agency via AP)

He accuses the rebels of ties to US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whose Hizmet movement has a powerful presence in Turkish society, including the media, police and judiciary. Gulen, however, condemns the coup “in the strongest terms.”

Rebels surrender

– Early Saturday, small groups of rebel soldiers begin to surrender to security forces on the Bosphorus bridge where the rebels had earlier fired at civilians.

– International condemnation of the coup pours in. US President Barack Obama urges Turks to support their “democratically-elected government” and the European Union calls for a swift return to “constitutional order.”

A Turkish police officer embraces a man on a tank after the military position was taken over in Istanbul on July 16, 2016, following a failed army coup. (AFP PHOTO/BULENT KILIC)
A Turkish police officer embraces a man on a tank after the military position was taken over in Istanbul, Turkey on July 16, 2016, following a failed army coup. (AFP Photo/Bulent Kilic)

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg hails the “strong support shown by the people and all political parties to democracy and to the democratically-elected government of Turkey,” a key NATO ally.

Situation “completely under control”

– Acting army chief of staff, General Umit Dundar, announces that the attempted putsch has been defeated. “The situation is completely under control,” Yildirim adds. Erdogan urges Turks to remain in the streets however, to prevent a possible “flare-up” of chaos.

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