The coup attempt was unprecedented in terms of the culprits and opponents and the unique resistance against the putschists that made history in the Republic of Turkey, which has been accustomed to coups since its first one in 1960. Unarmed civilians confronted tanks heading to critical locations, such as the Presidential Complex, where bombs fired by putschists' warplanes killed several during the coup attempt. The coup attempt was the third try by FETÖ to topple the government. Unlike its previous two attempts in 2013, the terrorist group employed its infiltrators in the military; officers who were recruited by the terrorist group secretly from their time in military school, were lying in wait to undertake the coup attempt. The country's elected leaders called on the public "to reclaim democracy" and boosted the morale of crowds who were already gathering in cities to oppose the putschists. Despite the bloodshed that injured hundreds of others, the putschists were forced to surrender in the face of increasing public outrage.
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