Chaos in Ankara as armed forced attempt to overthrow Erdogan

TURKISH military chiefs are carrying out a coup to overthrow the government.

PUBLISHED: 00:01, Sat, Jul 16, 2016 | UPDATED: 00:07, Sat, Jul 16, 2016
Turkish military have overrun the country’s government

Shots have been fired in the capital Ankara, where helicopters and military jets are flying overhead.

Tanks are also said to have opened fire on the presidential building.

Reports also suggest there has been a major explosion in the city while witnesses said missiles had been fired at the TRT media offices.

Both of Istanbul’s bridges across the Bosphorus, the strait separating the European and Asian sides of the city, have been closed to traffic.

Tanks have also surrounded the entrance to Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport, where gunfire has been heard.

Flights in and out of the country have been cancelled.

The action comes just two days after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan signed a bill giving wide-ranging immunity to the Turkish military.

But in an astonishing interview by Skype, a desperate Erdogan urged the public to take to the streets in response.

He said: “Let us come together. They can come with tanks but they are no more powerful than the people.

“We can show the tanks how powerful we are.”


Erdogan spoke to journalists via Skype

Turkish military


Reports say hostages have been taken and TV stations stormed



The military claims it has taken control

He was said to be at a secure location.The armed forces said they had taken power in the country to protect the democratic order and to maintain human rights.In a statement sent by email and reported on Turkish TV channels, the military said all of Turkey’s existing foreign relations would be maintained and that the rule of law would remain the priority.Military officials said the country was now run by a ‘peace council’.

They claim secular rule had been eroded by the current government.

Police have massed on Taksim Square which soldiers are blocking the area.

There are also reports of long lines at cash machines and panicked people running home from bars.

Turkey’s prime minister Binali Yildirim said a faction within the army had attempted to seize power but that they would be pushed back and that it was wrong to call it a coup.

He said: “Some people illegally undertook an illegal action outside of the chain of command.

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Bridges in Istanbul have been closed in the attempted coup

“The government elected by the people remains in charge. This government will only go when the people say so.”He said Turkey’s security services had been ordered to do whatever necessary to resolve the situation and warned those responsible would “pay the highest price”.But an EU source said the coup looked substantial and was “not just a few generals”.Officials said President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an was safe and had urged the world to show solidarity with the Turkish people.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said he hopes there will be “peace, stability and continuity in Turkey”.

Turkish military stand guard near the the Taksim Square in Istanbul

REUTERS Turkish military stand guard near the the Taksim Square in Istanbu

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