Part of the military is attempting a coup in Turkey, the country’s Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said, following reports of military jets and helicopters flying low over Ankara and Istanbul.
#Turkey military statement:"The power in the country has been seized in its entirety."
— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) July 15, 2016
“Some people took illegal action outside of the chain of command,” Yildirim told news network NTV. “The government elected by the people remains in charge. This government will only go when the people say so,” he added.
Ankara Gölbaşı arkası. Uçak sesi sonrası bomba patladı. pic.twitter.com/PAeOM61IAa
— Nevzat Çelik (@gallagherr__) July 15, 2016
A military helicopter has reportedly opened fire in the district of Ankara where the Turkish National Intelligence Organization headquarters is situated.
— Falak shabir (@falakshabir02) July 15, 2016
According to local news agencies, a large number of ambulance vehicles has been sent towards the Turkish General Staff building in the capital.
— Fإشراقة أملF (@malikk2008) July 15, 2016
According to Yıldırım, Turkish security forces are currently doing what needs to be done to resolve the situation.
Shooting is being reported in the Turkish capital, Ankara, with military jets and helicopters seen in the sky above the city.
Curfew seems to have been enforced in Istanbul – army troops asking people to go home
— omar r quraishi (@omar_quraishi) July 15, 2016
According to reports on Twitter, the authorities have closed the two Bosporus bridges in Istanbul, where military jets have also been spotted flying.
— Piotr Zalewski (@p_zalewski) July 15, 2016
The reasons for the Turkish Air Force taking to the skies late Friday currently remain unclear.
Ankara Genelkurmay’ın önü pic.twitter.com/qSmPdOMIGk
— Çınar Livane Özer (@CinarOzer) July 15, 2016
Facebook and Twitter services were blocked in Ankara on Friday, RIA-Novosti reported.
Turkish soldiers block both bridges on the Bosphorus in Istanbul and jets flying low in Ankara. Reason not clear yet pic.twitter.com/tMG7KKYvGh
— Selin Girit (@selingirit) July 15, 2016
According to local media, all security personnel have been urgently called in to work.
Istanbul Ataturk Airport. pic.twitter.com/qffb7xAflh
— Gilgo (@agirecudi) July 15, 2016
A video by Turkish television channel NTV showed tanks stationed at the entrance to Ataturk Airport in Istanbul.
Turkish state-run television network TRT has been shut down, Bloomberg reported.
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