Turkey coup attempt captured in dramatic images

Photo-story from Al-Jazeera:

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan returned to Istanbul today 16/7, saying his government had regained control after an army faction attempted to overthrow him.

At least 1,563 people were arrested and at least 90 others were killed as soldiers and tanks took to the streets late on Friday 15/7 and multiple explosions rang out throughout the night in Ankara and Istanbul.

Addressing a large crowd of supporters outside Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport on Saturday morning, Erdogan said: “They have pointed the people’s guns against the people. The president, whom 52 percent of the people brought to power, is in charge. This government brought to power by the people, is in charge. They won’t succeed as long as we stand against them by risking everything.”

Government officials said the coup appeared to have failed, however, the sounds of huge blasts, including at least one bomb that hit the parliament complex, continued to echo across Ankara and Istanbul throughout the morning.

People stand on a Turkish army tank at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul.
People stand on a Turkish army tank at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul.
People march with Turkish flags in the resort town of Marmaris, where Erdogan was on holiday at the time of the attempted coup.
People march with Turkish flags in the resort town of Marmaris, where Erdogan was on holiday at the time of the attempted coup.
Anti­coup protesters attend to a man who was wounded by gunfire in Istanbul's Taksim square
Anti­coup protesters attend to a man who was wounded by gunfire in Istanbul’s Taksim square
Turkish soldiers, held by civilians, are handed to police officers in Taksim square
Turkish soldiers, held by civilians, are handed to police officers in Taksim square
Thousands of people heeded a call from Erdogan to take to the streets and protest against the attempted coup.
Thousands of people heeded a call from Erdogan to take to the streets and protest against the attempted coup.
Turkish police arrest soldiers involved in the coup at Taksim Square.
Turkish police arrest soldiers involved in the coup at Taksim Square.
People demonstrate outside the Ataturk international airport in Istanbul
People demonstrate outside the Ataturk international airport in Istanbul
Officials said the military had been ordered by the presidency to shoot down planes hijacked by those involved in the coup attempt and that jets had been scrambled.
Officials said the military had been ordered by the presidency to shoot down planes hijacked by those involved in the coup attempt and that jets had been scrambled.
A wounded woman draped in a Turkish flag is checked by others near military headquarters in Ankara.
A wounded woman draped in a Turkish flag is checked by others near military headquarters in Ankara.
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