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Live Reporting

Gerry Holt and Roland Hughes

All times stated are UK

  1. BreakingTurkey FM: Eight who fled to Greece 'to be extradited'

    Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says on Twitter that eight soldiers who landed in Greece on board a helicopter, claiming asylum, will be extradited.

    The tweet says he spoke to Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, who confirmed the extradition would take place.  

    Greece has not yet formally confirmed the move, but earlier the Kathimerini newspaper quoted government spokeswoman Olga Gerovasili as saying:

    Quote Message: In examining their requests, it will be taken very seriously into account that they participated in an attempt to overthrow the democratic regime and the constitutional order in the neighbouring country."
  2. Arab world reaction on social media

    BBC Monitoring

    The coup attempt is generating a buzz on Arab social media.

    Most users back the government, using Arabic hashtags #Turkey (used more than 800,000 times), #Failure_of_the_coup, and #Turkish_coup.

    An image of worshippers praying outside a Turkish mosque has been retweeted more than 2,500 times. Posted by @turkyepost, it is captioned: "For the first time in Turkish history mosques do not have space for those who want to perform morning prayers, so they do so in the streets. Thank God for the quashing of the coup."

    Almost 90,000 tweets tagged #Campaign_to_spit_on_Al-Arabiya accuse the Saudi-owned pan-Arab news TV of being supportive of the coup attempt.

    Among the online sceptics is Kuwaiti Shia MP Abdul-Hamid Dashti - @adashtimp - who tweets: "The coup drama was only meant to eliminate the opposition completely and change army commanders."

  3. Surrendered soldiers 'beaten on Bosphorus bridge'

    Reuters reports that some 50 soldiers who were involved in the attempted coup surrendered on a Bosphorus bridge shortly after dawn - these images by a Reuters photographer show some of the men apparently being beaten by civilians.

    Surrendered Turkish soldiers who were involved in the coup are beaten by a civilian on Bosphorus bridge in Istanbul, Turkey, July 16, 2016
    Surrendered Turkish soldiers who were involved in the coup are beaten by civilians on Bosphorus bridge in Istanbul, Turkey, July 16, 2016
  4. Sputnik posits unusual theory for coup

    BBC Monitoring

    The Turkish version of the Kremlin-run Sputnik multimedia news operation speculates about links between the coup and the downing of a Russian military jet on the Turkey-Syria border last November.

    It cites Russian pundits, one of whom wonders whether one of the pilots of the aircraft that downed the jet was involved in the coup. "It is possible that [the pilots] became afraid when [Turkish] relations with Russia improved. They may have tried to avoid punishment by becoming involved in the coup."

  5. Image of detained soldiers being shown in Turkish media

    One striking image purporting to show soldiers, who have been arrested and stripped, is being used in Turkish media - here, a Times journalist currently in Istanbul reposted it on Twitter.

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  6. Extraordinary session of parliament held in Turkey

    An emergency session of parliament has started in Ankara.

    The state news agency Anadolu says a joint statement on behalf of all of the main parties in Turkey will be read out soon.

    We'll bring you more as soon as we get it...

  7. Turkey's 'relentless purge' of Gulen backers continues

    Mark Lowen

    BBC Turkey correspondent

    We still don't know the names of those behind this coup attempt, but they seem to be a senior military group with the resources and time to plan a major operation.

    The government has blamed followers of Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen - once an ally of President Erdogan, but his fiercest foe since 2013, when the president said he was behind a huge leak of phone calls that seemed to implicate the government in corruption.

    Ever since, there's been a relentless purge of Mr Gulen's loyalists within the police, civil service and military: individuals the government has accused of forming a parallel state.

    Mr Gulen has denied involvement in this latest coup attempt, but the government wants his extradition from the US, where he lives in exile.

    Speaking of the coup plotters, the prime minister has even said the government would consider legal changes regarding the death penalty, which Turkey abolished in 2004.

    What's clear is that President Erdogan will use this extraordinary event to clamp down even more on perceived opponents in an already deeply polarised society.

  8. More on Incirlik base being cut off

    We told you about half an hour ago ago that the Incirlik air base, used by US jets to launch their raids on the Islamic State group, had been cut off.

    We now have the statement by the US embassy in Ankara - you can read it in full here

    Quote Message: Be advised that local authorities are denying movements on to and off of Incirlik Air Base. The power there has also been cut. Please avoid the air base until normal operations have been restored."
  9. Failed coup: Summary of the key developments

    Summary of the key developments:

    • Turkey's PM Binali Yildirim has declared the attempted coup over, describing it as a "black stain on Turkish democracy" and saying the plotters will "face justice they deserve"
    • More than 160 people are dead, 1,440 are wounded and some 2,800 soldiers are under arrest after a night in which a faction of the army tried to seize power
    • Explosions and gunfire were heard in Ankara, Istanbul and elsewhere, and soldiers stormed state media, as the coup unfolded
    • President Erdogan made a dramatic televised address, via a mobile phone, urging his supporters to take to the streets to oppose the uprising
    • Exiled Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen denied he was behind the coup after accusations from Mr Erdogan
    • American diplomats in Turkey say the authorities there have imposed a security lockdown at the Incirlik air base in the southern province of Adana which is used by the US in the fight against militants in Syria
    • Some 2,745 judges have also been dismissed in the wake of the coup, state media say
    • Echoing other politicians around the world, the US secretary of state John Kerry said his country supported the Turkish government
  10. Tanks being returned to base

    Police officers drive some of the tanks that were used by soldiers participating in the attempted coup, back to the Selimiye Army Base in Istanbul, Saturday, July 16, 2016

    The tanks used to launch the attempted coup on Friday are now being returned to the Selimiye Army Base in Istanbul.

  11. British government emergency committee meets

    We've just learned that the British government's emergency Cobra committee met at 14:00 BST to discuss the situation in Turkey - a statement is expected soon.

    It's the second time the committee has met in the past day, having discussed the fatal attack in Nice on Friday.

  12. UK schoolchildren stranded at Istanbul airport

    More than 40 pupils from a school in Birmingham are stuck at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport as a result of the attempted coup.

    The 41 pupils and seven staff from Arthur Terry School, Sutton Coldfield, are "safe and well" and with a British embassy member, the school says.

    They had been due to get a connecting flight for a 10-day visit to South Africa.

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    Meanwhile, Britons in Turkey have been advised to stay indoors and stay vigilant by the Foreign Office.

    There are an estimated 50,000 British tourists in Turkey.

  13. What's going on at the Incirlik air base?

    A service vehicle with a sign reading 'Welcome to Incirlik' is pictured at the air base in Incirlik, Turkey, on January 21, 2016

    The US and Turkey have had to co-operate closely over the past two years as the US uses the Incirlik air base in southern Turkey to launch its raids on the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.

    But Turkey's ties with the US are more fraught now than 24 hours ago.

    Fetullah Gulen, who Turkey blames for the failed coup, lives in the US. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said any country that will "stand by" Mr Gulen "won't be a friend of Turkey and will be considered at war with Turkey".

    What's now being reported is that Turkey is shutting off access to Incirlik - and so stopping the US jets conducting sorties against IS.

    The New York Times reports: "The move may reflect a desire by Turkey to control its airspace for a time today, as opposed to any shift on its policy toward ISIS."

    There hasn't been any official comment from US officials, but we'll bring it to you if it comes.

  14. Reports: Scores of arrest warrants issued against Supreme Court

    We told you earlier that 2,745 judges have been fired in Turkey on Saturday for alleged links to Fetullah Gulen - now both the Hurriyet newspaper and Anadolu Agency are reporting that 140 arrest warrants have been issued against members of the Supreme Court.

    We'll bring you more on that when we get it.

  15. In pictures: Scenes of frustration at Ataturk Airport

    As Turkish Airlines restarts flights from Istanbul's Ataturk Airport, South African holidaymaker Nic Hodgson has been describing scenes of great frustration at the airport today.

    "Absolute disgraceful service from Turkish Airlines. Now 2.30pm Saturday and not one announcement about what is happening," he says.

    Quote Message: The largest airline in the world that they market as the best airline in the world and this is the scene at a lounge desk, where we managed to find one staff member. There have been no announcements and nothing posted on any airline electronic board so thousands of passengers in the terminal are completely without information about when and if their flights may resume.
    Ataturk airport
    Ataturk airport

    Nic says the Cape Town office of the airline told him that as the coup attempt began all Turkish Airlines staff were sent home.

    Quote Message: We did not see one staff member at all throughout the night and until well after 10am this morning. The commercial side of the airport is back up and running smoothly and in the Lounge, where we escaped to during the stampede last night and while jet aircraft flew overhead, there is not one staff member serving any drink or food and there is nothing to eat after more than 12 hours.
    Ataturk airport
  16. Turkish Airlines flights from Ataturk start again

    Turkish Airlines have posted a notice on their website informing customers that their operations at Istanbul's Ataturk airport have returned to normal and flights have resumed. 

    Supporters of Mr Erdogan had converged on the airport as he arrived there in the middle of the night.

    note from Turkish Airlines saying flight operations have resumed as normal
  17. What does PM's threat to those who 'stand by' Gulen mean?

    The Turkish government has indirectly accused exiled Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen of being behind the coup.

    As we told you three hours ago, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said any country that would "stand by" Mr Gulen "won't be a friend of Turkey and will be considered at war with Turkey".

    Mr Gulen lives in self-imposed exile in the United States.

    So what could Mr Yildirim's statement mean? Our Turkey correspondent chimes in...

    Meanwhile, US Secretary of State John Kerry has said the US has not received any request to extradite the cleric. 

  18. US: No request to extradite alleged coup plotter Gulen

    US Secretary of State John Kerry has asked Turkey to hand over any evidence it has against exiled Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, who the Turkish government has indirectly accused of being behind the coup. Mr Gulen lives in self-imposed exile in the United States.

    Mr Kerry, speaking in Luxembourg, says the US has not received any request to extradite the cleric.

    In a statement, Mr Gulen rejected any suggestion he had links to the events, saying he condemned "in the strongest terms, the attempted military coup in Turkey".  

  19. Images emerge of damage to National Assembly

    Among the buildings bombed overnight in the capital, Ankara, was the National Assembly headquarters - more images are now emerging of the damage that was inflicted.

    People stand in the middle of the rubble after the Grand National Assembly of Turkey was bombed
    Workers inspect and clear debris
    Heavy damage at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey in Ankara