Skip to main content

WATCH: How Turkey's attempted military coup unfolded

MEE rounds up the key timeline of events in the attempted military coup that took place in Turkey over the course of 15 and 16 July
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attends the funeral of a victim of the coup attempt in Istanbul on 17 July 2016 (AFP)

On the evening of 15 July, a faction within Turkey's armed forces launched an attempted coup to unseat the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

With tanks blocking key bridges in Istanbul and fighter jets flying around the capital Ankara, Erdogan appeared via iPhone on a national television channel urging Turks to resist what would have been the country's fifth military coup in less than 60 years. 

Huge numbers of people poured onto the streets and the coup was stopped in its tracks. Since then, the government has crackdown, arresting thousands of police and army officers arrested and dismissing nearly 3,000 judges.

MEE tells the story of the night of 15 July and the subsequent, historic events in the Turkish republic:

Stay informed with MEE's newsletters

Sign up to get the latest alerts, insights and analysis, starting with Turkey Unpacked

Middle East Eye delivers independent and unrivalled coverage and analysis of the Middle East, North Africa and beyond. To learn more about republishing this content and the associated fees, please fill out this form. More about MEE can be found here.