Turkish Military Stages Possible Coup In Istanbul And Ankara
The government claims to have maintained control.
BY Jamie Ballard | Jul 16, 2016 | Culture
The Turkish military is claiming to have taken control of the country, according to a statement reported by The Dogan News Agency.
The Dogan Agency reported that the statement said that the military did this "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 military statement went on to say that "all international agreements and commitments will remain. We pledge that good relations with all world countries will continue."
Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Turkey would never allow any "initiative that would interrupt democracy." President Erdogan is reportedly out of the country, but is encouraging people to take to the streets to show government support. However, both the US Embassy and Russian government are encouraging citizens to stay indoors amid reports of possible explosions.
Update. There are reports of gunfire on the Bosphorous Bridge, and of tanks advancing towards the palace used by the prime minister and his deputies.
BREAKING: Turkey's president calls actions by military 'an attempt at an uprising by a minority within our armed forces.'— The Associated Press (@AP) July 15, 2016
BREAKING: Turkey's president calls on citizens to take to streets in show of support for the government.— The Associated Press (@AP) July 15, 2016
.@ericlangleyjr Continue to monitor the local media for potential updates to curfew information in Turkey. Best to shelter in place.— Travel - State Dept (@TravelGov) July 15, 2016
BREAKING: Loud explosion heard in capital Ankara, CNN-Turk says explosion occurred at state-run television building.— The Associated Press (@AP) July 15, 2016
Bridges crossing the Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey blocked, with reports of jets flying low in Ankara https://t.co/ZcuJ8WHs16— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) July 15, 2016
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