Published on Jul 16, 2016
A few hours after the military coup in Turkey, President Rejeb Tayyip Erdogan has urged his supporters to remain in public squares until the situation is restored to normal. Addressing a large crowed of his supporters in Istanbul, Erdogan referred to the developments in the capital Ankara as a small disturbance, giving assurances that it will be resolved soon. He also noted that his government is in charge after the coup attempt. Erdogan added that Turkish Airlines has resumed its flights. Earlier, he said that the military uprising provides a reason to clean up the army. He added that operations are underway to arrest many officers, including high-ranking commanders. Erdogan described the attempted coup as treason, blaming supporters of US-based opposition figure Fethullah Gulen for the act. Meanwhile, Gulen has issued a statement, strongly condemning the attempted coup.