: Failed Military Coup in Turkey: How it all unfolded (updates)

14:10 Jul. 16, 2016

Failed Military Coup in Turkey: How it all unfolded (updates)

: Turkish military's tanks is seen on the road to the Presidential Palace in Ankara July 16, 2016, Turkey (Getty Images)

Major developments in tweets and pictures

Based on reporting by Al Jazeera and Reuters

All times in GMT

19:30 (GMT) - Reports that two major bridges over the Bosphorus in Istanbul are closed, causing major traffic congestion.

Army units are seen moving through the city.

Images circulate on social media of cars and buses backed up on roads in the city, and troops deployed on the Bosphorus Bridge and Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge.



19:50 - Fighter jets and helicopters are reported in the sky over the capital, Ankara. Helicopters seen over Istanbul. Reports of gunfire in Ankara.

20:00 - Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildrim announces that unsanctioned "military activity" is underway. He calls for calm and says government forces will "do what is necessary" to restore order.

21:00 - The chief-of-staff of the Turkish military is among hostages held by coup plotters in Ankara, state-run news agency Anadolu reports. A correspondent with Turkish state broadcaster TRT tells the Reuters news agency that troops have stormed the station.

21:15 - Statement read on state-owned TRT says military has "completely taken over the administration of the country to reinstate constitutional order." A new constitution is to be prepared. The statement accuses the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of eroding democracy. A curfew is announced and martial law is to be imposed across the country. The TRT news anchor who read out the statement will later say that she was forced at gunpoint to make the announcement.

21:30 - Turkish PM Yildrim denounces the coup attempt on Twitter, says the uprising will be suppressed even it it means fatalities.

President Erdogan urges the public to take to the streets to protest against the coup. "We will overcome this," Erdogan says in a video call to a mobile phone held up to a camera by a CNN Turk presenter. The coup plotters will pay a heavy price, he says.

22:00 - Witnesses report that a military helicopter opened fire over Ankara and tanks deploy at parliament buildings in the city. Explosions are reported and a member of parliament says people are sheltering inside the building. Turkish justice minister says loyalists of US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen are behind the attempted coup.

23:00 - Turkish fighter jet is reported to have shot down a military helicopter used by coup plotters over Ankara. Anadolu news agency reports that 17 police officers killed.

23:50 - Explosions heard in Istanbul. Prime Minister Yildrim says situation under control in the country, and blames supporters of the exiled preacher, Gulen. A US-based organisation linked to Gulen denies any involvement.

00:20 - Erdogan arrives in Istanbul's Ataturk Airport . Speaking to a crowd of supporters outside the airport, the president says the plotters "have pointed the people's guns against the people" and their attempt to seize power will fail.

00:30 - Reports of more explosions at parliament buildings in Ankara while troops are reported to have started to surrender in locations in Istanbul. Turkish Interior Minister Efkran Ala says the coup attempt has been "neutralised."


00:45 - Soldiers surrender weapons in Istanbul's central Taksim square after being surrounded by armed police units loyal to the government.


Turkish soldiers, arrested by civilians, are handed to police officers, in Istanbul's Taksim square, early Saturday, July 16, 2016 (AP photo)

01:00 - Erdogan appears among supporters at Istanbul airport, says uprising has been attempted against solidarity and unity of country; says he attempted coup was an act of treason and is a reason to "clean up" the armed forces.

03:42 - Soldiers involved in the attempted coup surrender on one of the bridges across the Bosphorus in Istanbul, abandoning their tanks with their hands raised in the air, live footage on Daily Sabah shows.

04:33 - Supporters of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan attack a group of soldiers who had surrendered on an Istanbul bridge before police intervene to rescue them.


People shout at the soliders involved in the coup attempt who have surrendered on Bosphorus bridge on July 16, 2016 in Instabul, Turkey (Getty Images)

05:29 - The head of Turkey's armed forces, Hulusi Akar, has been rescued after being held hostage, a senior Turkish official says.

08:00 - Acting Chief of Staff of the armed forces, Umit Dundar, says coup attempt was mainly by troops from air force, gendarmerie, some "armoured elements".

09:02 - Turkey's EU Minister, Omer Celik, says coup situation "90 percent under control", but some commanders are still being held hostage.

09:20 - Turkish PM Binali Yildirim says 161 people killed, 1,440 wounded, 2,639 army members detained including ordinary soldiers and high-ranking officers. 

09:54 - Turkish military helicopter lands in northern Greece, eight men on board request political asylum, men arrested, say Greek officials.

11:45 - Turkish authorities remove 2,745 judges from duty, broadcaster NTV reports, citing a decision by the High Council of Judges and Prosectors (HSYK).

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