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Chilling Photos Show Aftermath Of Destruction From Failed Coup In Turkey

A bloody battle for power has left parts of Turkey in ruins.

Photos of Turkey from Saturday, the morning after civilians flooded the streets in mass protests against an attempted military coup, show the amazing amount of damage that can be inflicted on a country in just a few hours.

Thousands of Turks confronted armed forces in a successful effort to restore their country’s democratic leadership on Friday evening after the military announced it had taken over. At least 265 people died and more than 1,400 were injured in vicious clashes as tanks plowed through streets of gunfire with fighter jets attacking from above.

After denouncing the attempted revolution as an act of treason and a failure, nearly-ousted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised on Saturday to seek retribution against those involved.

Relief has washed over the nation, but much damage remains.

The Grand National Assembly, Ankara’s parliamentary building, is now in ruins. Its floors are covered in bloodstained rubble and broken glass, leaving a poignant reminder of the many lives lost during the violent turmoil.

Take a look at the photos of wreckage and destruction that show the aftermath of Turkey’s deadly battle for power.

  • Heavy damage at the Grand National Assembly.
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    Heavy damage at the Grand National Assembly.
  • The Grand National Assembly of Turkey in Ankara.
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    The Grand National Assembly of Turkey in Ankara.
  • Wreckage in Ankara.
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    Wreckage in Ankara.
  • People walk through rubble after the Grand National Assembly of Turkey was bombed by rebel jets. 
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    People walk through rubble after the Grand National Assembly of Turkey was bombed by rebel jets. 
  • The Grand National Assembly of Turkey.
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    The Grand National Assembly of Turkey.
  • People inspect damage at the Grand National Assembly.
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    People inspect damage at the Grand National Assembly.
  • Workers inspect and clear debris at the Grand National Assembly.
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    Workers inspect and clear debris at the Grand National Assembly.
  • A view of a building at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey in Ankara.
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    A view of a building at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey in Ankara.
  •  A view of Gendarmerie General Command's building.
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     A view of Gendarmerie General Command's building.
  • A view of Gendarmerie General Command's building.
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    A view of Gendarmerie General Command's building.
  • A hole is seen in the backyard of the Grand National Assembly.
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    A hole is seen in the backyard of the Grand National Assembly.
  • A damaged building is seen near Bosphorus Bridge.
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    A damaged building is seen near Bosphorus Bridge.
  • Turkish Coast Guard Command Center.
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    Turkish Coast Guard Command Center.
  • Wreckage in Ankara.
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    Wreckage in Ankara.
  • Wreckage in Ankara.
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    Wreckage in Ankara.
  • Wreckage in Ankara.
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    Wreckage in Ankara.
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