Turkey Army officers have seized power in Turkey and have declared a state of martial law. Military equipment has been moved into the capital and tanks are blocking roads throughout Istanbul in an attempt to over through the Islamist government.
According to local reports, the Turkish Army has seized strategic locations throughout the capital in an effort to over through Islamic president Recep Erdogan. In a statement sent via Facebook Live to local media, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged his Islamic followers to take to the streets and oppose the military takeover.
Erdogan making a statement on facetime right now. pic.twitter.com/F1Nip0C01V
— Ceylan Yeginsu (@CeylanWrites) July 15, 2016
Martial Law Declared: Troops and Islamic Followers openly fighting in the Streets
Moments after the Coup started, followers of President Tayyip Erdogan immediately cut access to social media channels throughout the country. Access to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube were cut off, so very few on the ground reports are making their way out of the country.
A statement from the military published in Turkish media said the coup aimed “to reinstall the constitutional order, democracy, human rights and freedoms, to ensure that the rule of law once again reigns in the country, for the law and order to be reinstated.”
The little that has leaked out of the area shows the military clashing with Erdogan supporters, both exchanging gunfire throughout the Capital.
Helicopter involved in the coup attempt opens fire on protesters. Unbelievable. pic.twitter.com/urcJmogRo7
— Mahir Zeynalov (@MahirZeynalov) July 15, 2016
— Reuters Live (@ReutersLive) July 15, 2016
U.S. Embassy telling all Americans in Turkey to Shelter in Place
U.S. officials are telling all Americans in Turkey to Shelter in Place and not to try to make it to the U.S. Embassy.
On the U.S. Embassy Twitter page, they warned that gunfire and explosions are being heard throughout Ankra and that both bridges in Istanbul (Bosphorous & Fatih Sultan Mehmet) are being blocked.
From the U.S. Embassy in Turkey:
July 15, 2016
U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that shots fired and explosions have been heard in Ankara and both bridges in Istanbul, the Bosphorous and Fatih Sultan Mehmet, are now closed. Martial law and a curfew have been imposed in Turkey. All flights at Ataturk Istanbul Airport have been suspended.
We urge U.S. citizens to contact family and friends to let them know you are safe. We have seen reports that social media is blocked, but you can contact friends and family by email, telephone, or SMS. We encourage U.S. citizens to shelter in place and do not go the U.S. Embassy or Consulates at this time. Monitor local press for updates, avoid areas of conflict, and exercise caution if you are in the vicinity of any military or security forces.