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Turkey President Erdogan uses FaceTime to call for protest over Army coup

'Those responsible will meet necessary response' says embattled leader

Published 15/07/2016

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks on CnnTurk via facetime call in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Burak Kara/Getty Images)
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks on CnnTurk via facetime call in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Burak Kara/Getty Images)
Turkish soldiers are seen on the Asian side of Istanbul, Friday, July 15, 2016. A group within Turkey's military has engaged in what appeared to be an attempted coup, the prime minister said, with military jets flying over the capital and reports of vehicles blocking two major bridges in Istanbul. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told NTV television: "it is correct that there was an attempt," when asked if there was a coup. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
Turkish security officers detain Turkish police officers (in black) on July 15, 2016 in Istanbul, during a security shutdown of the Bosphorus Bridge. The Turkish military on July 15 said that it had assumed power over Turkey, in what the prime minister has termed an illegal act. "The power in the country has been seized in its entirety," said a military statement read on NTV television, without giving further details. The military's website was not immediately accessible. / AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILICBULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images
CORRECTION - Turkish security officers detain unknown individuals on the side of the road on July 15, 2016 in Istanbul, during a security shutdown of the Bosphorus Bridge. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on July 15 denounced what he said was an "illegal attempt" by elements in the military after bridges were partially shut down in Istanbul and jets flew low over Ankara. "We are working on the possibility of an attempt. We will not allow this attempt," he told NTV television by telephone, without expanding on the nature of the move but saying it was by a group in the Turkish military. / AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC / The erroneous mention[s] appearing in the metadata of this photo by BULENT KILIC has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [unknown individuals] instead of [police officers]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention[s] from all your online services and delete it (them) from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it (them) to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require.BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images
A Turkish soldier stands on guard on the side of the road in Istanbul, during a security shutdown of the Bosphorus Bridge. AFP PHOTO / Yasin AKGULYASIN AKGUL/AFP/Getty Images
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - JULY 15: Turkish soldiers block Istanbul's Bosphorus Brigde on July 15, 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. Istanbul's bridges across the Bosphorus, the strait separating the European and Asian sides of the city, have been closed to traffic. Reports have suggested that a group within Turkey's military have attempted to overthrow the government. Security forces have been called in as Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim denounced an "illegal action" by a military "group", with bridges closed in Istanbul and aircraft flying low over the capital of Ankara. (Photo by Gokhan Tan/Getty Images)
Turkish security officers detain Turkish police officers (in black) on July 15, 2016 in Istanbul, during a security shutdown of the Bosphorus Bridge. The Turkish military on July 15 said that it had assumed power over Turkey, in what the prime minister has termed an illegal act. "The power in the country has been seized in its entirety," said a military statement read on NTV television, without giving further details. The military's website was not immediately accessible. / AFP PHOTO / Yasin AKGULYASIN AKGUL/AFP/Getty Images
Turkish soldiers block Istanbul's iconic Bosporus Bridge on Friday (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
Turkish soldiers are seen on the Asian side of Istanbul, Friday, July 15, 2016. A group within Turkey's military has engaged in what appeared to be an attempted coup, the prime minister said, with military jets flying over the capital and reports of vehicles blocking two major bridges in Istanbul. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told NTV television: "it is correct that there was an attempt," when asked if there was a coup. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - JULY 15: Turkish soldiers block Istanbul's Bosphorus Brigde on July 15, 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. Istanbul's bridges across the Bosphorus, the strait separating the European and Asian sides of the city, have been closed to traffic. Reports have suggested that a group within Turkey's military have attempted to overthrow the government. Security forces have been called in as Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim denounced an 'illegal action' by a military 'group', with bridges closed in Istanbul and aircraft flying low over the capital of Ankara. (Photo by Burak Kara/Getty Images)
Turkish soldiers block Istanbul's Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey. Photo by Gokhan Tan/Getty Images
Turkish soldiers block Istanbul's Bosphorus Bridge on July 15, 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. Istanbul's bridges across the Bosphorus, the strait separating the European and Asian sides of the city, have been closed to traffic. Reports have suggested that a group within Turkey's military have attempted to overthrow the government. Security forces have been called in as Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim denounced an "illegal action" by a military "group", with bridges closed in Istanbul and aircraft flying low over the capital of Ankara. (Photo by Gokhan Tan/Getty Images)
Turkish soldiers block Istanbul's Bosphorus Bridge on July 15, 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. Istanbul's bridges across the Bosphorus, the strait separating the European and Asian sides of the city, have been closed to traffic. Reports have suggested that a group within Turkey's military have attempted to overthrow the government. Security forces have been called in as Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim denounced an "illegal action" by a military "group", with bridges closed in Istanbul and aircraft flying low over the capital of Ankara. (Photo by Gokhan Tan/Getty Images)
Turkish soldiers block Istanbul's Bosphorus Bridge on July 15, 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. Istanbul's bridges across the Bosphorus, the strait separating the European and Asian sides of the city, have been closed to traffic. Reports have suggested that a group within Turkey's military have attempted to overthrow the government. Security forces have been called in as Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim denounced an "illegal action" by a military "group", with bridges closed in Istanbul and aircraft flying low over the capital of Ankara. (Photo by Gokhan Tan/Getty Images)
Turkish soldiers block Istanbul's Bosphorus Bridge on July 15, 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. Istanbul's bridges across the Bosphorus, the strait separating the European and Asian sides of the city, have been closed to traffic. Reports have suggested that a group within Turkey's military have attempted to overthrow the government. Security forces have been called in as Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim denounced an "illegal action" by a military "group", with bridges closed in Istanbul and aircraft flying low over the capital of Ankara. (Photo by Gokhan Tan/Getty Images)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged his people to take to the streets in protest after the military claimed it has taken control of the country.

The Turkish Army has said it has seized control of the country, implemented martial law and a "peace council" is now in operation.

President Erdogan, used FaceTime, to communicate to news broadcasters.

In calling for protest, he said he would be returning to the capital Ankara.

He said he believed there was a minority of the army involved and those responsible would face the "necessary response".

The army seized media outlets, including the state-run TRT channel.

One of the channel's presenters read a statement from the military.

She said Turkey's democratic and secular rule of law had been eroded by the current government.

The country is now run by a "peace council" that will ensure the safety of the population, the announcer added.

A new constitution will be prepared "as soon as possible", the statement said.

Shortly after the statement was read the broadcaster was taken off the air.

Access to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube was also reportedly blocked in Turkey.

However, Twitter said it believed its service was slowed rather that totally blocked.

It followed after a statement from the military group read out on NTV television said: "The power in the country has been seized in its entirety."

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".

It is not clear who is behind the action.

Broadcaster CNN Turk reported President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was "safe" but did not elaborate.

Offices of President Erdogan's AKP party have reportedly been taken over.

Earlier the country's prime minister addressed the nation.

He said Turkey's military engaged in an attempted coup.

Binali Yildirim told NTV television: "It is correct that there was an attempt."

Mr Yildirim did not provide details, but said Turkey would never allow any "initiative that would interrupt democracy".

Earlier, military jets were heard flying over the capital, Ankara.

Media reports said ambulances were seen in front of Turkey's military headquarters.

"We are focusing on the possibility of an attempted (coup)," Mr Yildirim said.

"There was an illegal act by a group within the military that was acting out of the chain of military command. Our people should know that we will not allow any activity that would harm democracy."

The Dogan news agency says one-way traffic on the Bosphorus and Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridges - the main links between the European and Asian sides of Istanbul were blocked. Video footage showed the bridge being blocked by military vehicles.

"Those behind the attempted coup would pay the highest price," added the prime minister.

In the capital Ankara, warplanes and helicopters roared overhead. A Reuters journalist heard gunshots.

Dogan News Agency reported the national police directorate had summoned all police to duty in Ankara.

All flights from Istanbul's Ataturk airport have been cancelled after tonight's events, according to a Reuters witness citing a pilot at the airport.

Washington-Saudi Foreign Minister says he can't speculate about the events taking place.

While coups have been common in the country's history, this is the first military intervention in almost 20 years.

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