The coup faction's raid failed to capture the Turkish president 0The coup faction's raid failed to capture the Turkish president 0

Turkish President Recep Erdogan.

Turkish daily Hurriyet reported that 1st Army Commander General Umit Dundar contacted Turkish President Recep Erdogan about an hour before the coup began, to inform him that the coup was

`You are our legitimate president,` General Dundar told Mr. Erdogan.

When the coup took place, Mr. Erdogan was staying at the Grand Yazici Marmaris Mares hotel in Marmaris, Mugla province.

Chief representative of Al-Jazeera media company in Istanbul, Abdul Azim Mohammed, confirmed this information and added that three helicopters of the special forces carrying 40 coup soldiers arrived at the hotel where Mr. Erdogan stayed.

The coup faction's raid failed to capture the Turkish president

The Turkish president was flying from Marmaris to Istanbul when the coup took place.

Mike Dignan, a 40-year-old Scottish information technology worker, along with his wife and children were at the Grand Yazici Club Turban area, right next to Mr. Erdogan’s hotel, when the raid took place.

Mike Dignan said he was awakened at 4 a.m. when he heard military helicopters roaring in the sky.

`It turned out to be military helicopters. They were black so we could barely see them in the dark.`

`They shined their headlights on the hotel next door. We started hearing small gunshots. At first it was just isolated gunshots but then it became a lot. The police started shooting at the helicopter, then the helicopter fired.`

`We heard screams and people running around our block, some even ran through our door. Soldiers tried to enter the hotel next door to arrest Mr. Erdogan and the police fought back.`

Police and pro-government forces fiercely resisted the coup soldiers.

Mike said the helicopters left but returned about 45 minutes later and the screaming outside continued.

Around 6:00 a.m., the situation became quiet again.

Mike said it was the most terrifying night of his life.

He later heard that a couple in town were forced to leave their room after a coup soldier broke down their door.

Mike added that everything returned to normal in the afternoon.

See more: The plane carrying the Turkish president was once targeted by the coup faction

Overview of the failed coup in Türkiye

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