Foiled Attempted Coup in Turkey:
The Calm after the Storm in Turkey: ©Natalie Keshing
We are over the hump, the attempted coup in Turkey has passed. President Erdogan flew in just in time to save more than the day but his authority to remain in power. There were people in the streets who were shouting at the top of their lungs, who were very glad the coup was not successful. We have to give President Erdogan a lot of credit for going against the fear and danger that if the coup had been successful President Erdogan might have been taken as hostage facing his possible demise. President Erdogan was vacationing in Marmaris at a resort before his return to Turkey. After he left the resort it was bombed clearly demonstrating this was a serious attempted coup in Turkey.
It is a blessing not only to President Erdogan and to the country of Turkey but to the rest of the European countries and the United States all a part of NATO.
There was loss of life as in all of these dangerous and chaotic circumstances trying to overthrow the present government. It was reported that 265 people died and more than 1,400 were injured.
Due to yesterday’s instability in Turkey, all flights on Friday were cancelled at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport. Many people were stranded, not able to catch their flights to their destinations, as other’s were stranded in other parts of the world wanting to return home to Turkey. Still through today, the arriving and departing flights for Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport are still in disarray. This will take more time to reschedule and coordinate with other airports throughout Europe. British Airways announced that it was cancelling all flights to and from Turkey on Saturday. There are 2.5 million British nationals that visit Turkey every year. Currently there is no news reported from the Charles De Gaulle Airport for those connecting flights. Lufthansa cancelled all of today’s flights from Frankfurt to Istanbul and one flight from Munich to Ankara. EgyptAir cancelled all it’s flights as well.
Meanwhile, the United States regulators banned all flights to and from Ankara and Istanbul. The U.S. Embassy in Ankara released a statement informing Americans to take shelter, according to the Associated Press.
People interviewed at the Istanbul Ataturk Airport were disappointed while other’s were very glad they were safe. The news of Turkey undergoing an attempted Coup brought on some serious panic and worry especially in light of the recent Istanbul Ataturk Airport terrorist attack. The tension was palpable in and around the airport on Friday and early Saturday. Those feeling even more stranded with the worry of Turkey’s instability and not knowing what ISIS was planning.
Currently everything in Turkey seems to be returning to stability and a normal day for most of the Turkish people, except for the loved ones of those 235 people who lost their lives due to this attempted coup in Turkey. Again, we extend our condolences to the family members who are in mourning for the loss of their loved ones.
©Natalie Keshing Editor-in-Chief of NatsWritings.com or NatalieKeshing.com