Since yesterday, Turkey has been in complete chaos. The military has attempted to take over the country. However loyalists were able to fight back. As result, the coup failed. However, operations are ongoing.
Turkish loyalists report arresting 1,563 soldiers and officers implicated in an overnight coup attempt; 29 colonels and five generals have been sacked. At least 90 people have been killed and 1,154 injured in military action in Istanbul and Ankara.
Pro-government forces have seized control of the top military HQ building, but there are still some groups of rebels resisting, a Turkish official said on Saturday, as cited by Reuters.
The official told the agency 1,563 military personnel were arrested following the coup attempt. This was later confirmed by Turkey’s Acting Chief of Staff Umit Dundar.
General Hulusi Akar, who heads Turkey’s armed forces, has been rescued from rebel captivity. He was the most senior military official in their hands.
The rebels reportedly have several helicopter gunships in their disposal, but loyalists have threatened to shoot them down as they downed at least one aircraft carrying out attacks on government buildings.