Soldiers, tanks and fighter jets have been seen in capital Ankara, while the country’s state TV and internet has been cut off.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has reportedly fled the country in a private jet following a military coup.
In the last few hours gunfire has been heard in the Turkish capital Ankara as military jets and helicopters were seen flying overhead.
In Istanbul, the Bosphorus Bridge and Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge have been closed, along with Attaturk airport where tanks and soldiers have been seen.
— Kuwait News (@Kuwait_tt) July 15, 2016
Turkey’s chief of military staff was among people taken hostage at the military headquarters in Ankara on Friday, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported, while another broadcaster, CNN Turk said Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan was still alive and fled the country.
Turkey’s armed forces said on Friday they had taken power in the country to protect the democratic order and to maintain human rights.
What transpired of Turkey is a turning point, a coup could end up in few scenarios: Erdogan out will bring unrest in a nation that half of its population supports the Islamist AKP or that Erdogan is brought back to power where the culprits will be punished. Either scenario means that Turkey will face massive unrest in the near future. We already see crowds in the streets calling for Erdogan’s return. with the slogan “Ya Allah, Bismillah (in the name of Allah) Allahu Akbar”:
Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan is reportedly seeking asylum in Germany, as a military coup continues in Turkey, U.S. military sources tell NBC News. Erdogan’s presidential jet was allegedly denied landing rights at Istanbul’s airport, before heading out of the country. Addressing Turkey via Facetime, Erdogan asserted declared, “I am president,” and vowed to crush the opposition forces calling on his people to revolt.
BREAKING NEWS: TURKISH PEOPLE SEIZE MULTIPLE TANKS IN TURKEY. pic.twitter.com/WYxQL5SKBY
— Breaking News Feed (@pzf) July 15, 2016
BREAKING FOOTAGE: Tank attempts to head towards Prime Minister's Palace, tank is blocked by Erdogan supporters. pic.twitter.com/y7IXjmmWMk
— Israel News First (@IsraelNewsFirst) July 15, 2016