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Turkey: Protesters come out in Istanbul after military declares takeover00:38

Turkey: Protesters come out in Istanbul after military declares takeover

Turkey, Istanbul
July 16, 2016 at 00:41 GMT +00:00 · Published

Anti-coup protesters came out onto the streets of Istanbul, Friday night, after the Turkish military declared its takeover of the country.

The Turkish military has announced that it was seizing power in the country "to protect the democratic order and to maintain human rights." The statement also reported that all existing foreign relations will continue.

Airports in Istanbul have been closed and military forces have blocked traffic on several bridges with military jets reported to be flying low in Turkey's largest city.

An explosion also rocked the Turkish parliament in Ankara, reportedly injuring 12 people, while an F-16 also reportedly shot down a military helicopter, that was accused of taking part in the coup. Gunfire was also heard around the Interior Ministry in Ankara with people captured fleeing the scene.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has confirmed that an attempted coup was underway, but stated that the situation was largely under control and that a no-fly zone had been declared over Ankara.

Turkey: Protesters come out in Istanbul after military declares takeover00:38
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Anti-coup protesters came out onto the streets of Istanbul, Friday night, after the Turkish military declared its takeover of the country.

The Turkish military has announced that it was seizing power in the country "to protect the democratic order and to maintain human rights." The statement also reported that all existing foreign relations will continue.

Airports in Istanbul have been closed and military forces have blocked traffic on several bridges with military jets reported to be flying low in Turkey's largest city.

An explosion also rocked the Turkish parliament in Ankara, reportedly injuring 12 people, while an F-16 also reportedly shot down a military helicopter, that was accused of taking part in the coup. Gunfire was also heard around the Interior Ministry in Ankara with people captured fleeing the scene.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has confirmed that an attempted coup was underway, but stated that the situation was largely under control and that a no-fly zone had been declared over Ankara.

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