Soldiers fire at people on Istanbul’s Bosporus bridge, some injured – reports

Supporters of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan are dispersed with shots in the air by the military at the Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, July 16, 2016. © Murad Sezer

The Turkish military has opened fire and used tanks against crowds of civilians in the city of Istanbul amid protests against the ongoing coup, reports and footage on social media show.

Soldiers reportedly fired on protesters trying to cross Istanbul’s Bosporus bridge. Several people are said to be wounded, according to media.

Video footage from the scene shows people taking shelter behind a bus as panic ensues. Others are seen carrying the wounded out to safety.

A separate video shows a tank crashing a car seemingly blocking the military’s way.

Turkish military declares takeover of country, top officials reportedly taken hostage

Turkish security officers detainunknown individuals on the side of the road on July 15, 2016 in Istanbul, during a security shutdown of the Bosphorus Bridge. © Bulent Kilic

Turkey’s government appears to have been overthrown in a coup, as the military claimed taking control over the country.

“Turkish Armed Forces have completely taken over the administration of the country to reinstate constitutional order, human rights and freedoms, the rule of law and the general security that was  damaged,” the military said in a statement. “All international agreements are still valid. We hope that all of our good relationships with all countries will continue.”

 

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Turkish army take over state TV, impose martial law

A Turkish military stands guard near the Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, July 15, 2016. © Murad Sezer

The Turkish military have reportedly broken into the headquarters of state broadcaster TRT. Photos posted on social media show soldiers inside the offices.

After seizing the channel, Turkish Armed Forces broadcast a statement declaring martial law and announcing that they had“completely taken over the administration” with the aim of “reinstat[ing] constitutional order, human rights and freedoms.”

 

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State TV: Turkish military has taken over

(CNN)[Breaking news update, posted at 5:35 p.m. ET]

The Turkish military has taken over the government and imposed martial law, according to an announcement read by an anchor on the Turkish state broadcaster TRT. The statement was made on behalf of the “Peace in the Nation” council, the announcer said. “The political administration that has lost all legitimacy has been forced to withdraw,” the anchor said. There was no independent verification of the claim.
[Previous version, updated 5:07 p.m. ET]
Some Turkish military units have attempted an uprising that will not be allowed to succeed, the country’s prime minister said late Friday in a phone interview with Turkish broadcaster A Haber.
The uprising is “an attempt against democracy and the will of the people,” Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told state news agency Anadolu. “Those who attempted this will pay the heaviest price.”
The Turkish military has issued statements, which have been published in some Turkish media, and not others, and reported by the Reuters news agency, claiming it has “fully seized control of Turkey” to maintain democratic order, that rule of law must remain a priority and international relations must remain. The statements have not been distributed through regular web channels.
There is no independent verification of either claim and it is unclear who is in charge in Turkey.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters in Moscow that he has been given reports about what is going on. “I don’t have any details. I hope there will be peace, stability and continuity in Turkey,” he said.
A report from the U.S. Embassy in Ankara said military-appearing jets had been flying low over the city and Istanbul for about an hour.
One tweet showed a military jet flying extremely low over the capital Ankara.
Two bridges in Istanbul are closed in one direction by the military. Cars are flowing from the European side of the city to the Asian, but soldiers and military vehicles are blocking the path to the European side.

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