Erdogan urges Turks to defend state after coup 'foiled'

People react after taking over military position on the Bosphorus bridge in Istanbul, on July 16, 2016President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Turks to remain on the streets Saturday, as his forces regained control after a spectacular coup bid by discontented soldiers that claimed more than 250 lives. After hours of chaos and violence unseen in decades, Erdogan ended uncertainty over his whereabouts, flying into Istanbul airport in the early hours where he was cheered by hundreds of supporters. “The situation is completely under control,” Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said outside his Ankara offices, flanked by Turkey’s top general.

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