Failed Coup in Turkey: 265 Dead and 2,839 Military Detained

With a bloody balance the military coup is almost over, although some pockets of resistance remained in the city of Ankara

By: Juventud Rebelde

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2016-07-18 | 15:05:55 EST

ANKARA, July 16.- The Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim reported Saturday that a total of 265 people died in the attempted coup, including 161 government forces and civilians, 1,440 were injured and 2,839 soldiers were arrested after the failure of the coup, although some pockets of resistance remained in the capital.

Some104 of the conspirators also died in the clashes, announced Umir Dundar, acting chief of Staff of the Army. Meanwhile, Hakan Fidan, head of the National Intelligence Organization (MIT), said systemic operations against the coup attempt had been completed but that work against the remnants could take some hours.

As reported by an official at the station Al Jazeera, the chief of staff, Hulusi Akar, he was liberated by government forces after being taken hostage in a military base in Ankara.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called the coup as "an act of betrayal" and said those behind the plot "will pay a high price." Erdogan said the attempt was the work of the followers of Fethullah Gulen, a preacher based in the United States, but the DPA news agency quoted Gulen condemning the facts when he said that "governments must be gained through a process of free and fair elections, not by force. "

Translated by ESTI

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