Details have emerged saying the recent coup in Turkey that left more than 290 people dead may have been staged. There is now evidence that Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan may have been behind the violent uprising all along.
Erdogan was said to have been vacationing by the coastal resort of Marmaris when a faction of the Turkish military decided to attempt a coup on Friday night. They sealed off a bridge cross the Bosphorus and sent a series of tanks to the parliament in Ankara. They also tried to take control Istanbul’s main airport. As they did this, they also reportedly set their sights on capturing Erdogan himself.
Coup Plotters Stormed Erdogan’s Hotel Minutes After He Left
Reports claim that there were about 25 soldiers in helicopters who descended on a hotel in Marmaris. They reportedly come for Erdogan, but missed him by a few minutes. After the uprising began, Erdogan had been driven to the Dalaman airport where he boarded a Gulfstream IV aircraft owned by the Turkish government. As it took off, many have noted that the coup members had several chances to bring the plane down. However, no attempt happened.
Erdogan’s Plane Within Their Sights, But Was Never Shot Down
According to a report from Reuters, Erdogan’s plane did run into a few incidents in the air. A former military officer also said there were at least two F-16 jets that “harassed Erdogan’s” plane as it flew.
Nonetheless, there were said to be two other F-16 jets alongside the Turkish president’s plane for protection. What puzzles many, however, is why the F-16 jets under the control of coup members did not try to take out Erdogan’s plane from the sky.
“Why they didn’t fire is a mystery,” the former officer said.
Data from a flight tracker showed that Erdogan’s plane was within signs of several coup pilots.
Meanwhile, Fethullah Gulen, a cleric in the U.S. whose followers are being accused of starting the Turkish coup, pointed out that the latest incident had “all the signs of a movie scenario,” which Erdogan had directed to overthrow all of his opponents.
List Of Coup Plotters Made Beforehand?
On the other hand, EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn told NBC News that the list of suspected coup plotter seemed to have been made prior to the coup taking place.
“It looks at least as if something has been prepared. The lists are available, which indicates it was prepared and to be used at a certain stage,” he remarked.