Turkish embassy says Erdogan still in charge

A no fly zone is announced on an airspace including Istanbul, Bursa and Tekirdag. The U.S. Embassy reported low-flying military jets.

Yildirim described the night as "a black mark on Turkish democracy" and said the perpetrators "will receive every punishment they deserve". The announcement declared the imposition of martial law, with a curfew in effect until further notice. We do not want the same hardships to be relived. "Our people should know that we will not allow any activity that would harm democracy".

Military closes Istanbul bridges: Two bridges in Istanbul are closed in one direction by the military.

"There is no where they have they have proper control", Bozdag said. At least one army tank and one other military vehicle were at the square.

"They can be reached at +(90) 3124463547 or +(90) 3124463548", he posted on his Facebook and Twitter account today.

About 100 police officers were shooting off tear gas, trying to disperse the crowd and explosions and gunfire were heard in the streets.

Turkey's state-run news agency said on Saturday that the Turkish military chief has been rescued in an operation at the air base.

Reuters quoted an emailed statement from the Turkish military General Staff's media office address that said the pro-coup faction was determinedly still fighting. Flight websites show no departing flights from Istanbul. Earlier the commander of the 1st Turkish Army, General Umit Dundar had been named acting chief of military staff.

Turkey has been rocked by violence yet again, just days after a triple suicide bombing and gun attack by suspected Islamic State terrorists at Istanbul's Ataturk airport left 91 dead and over 1000 injured. "We shall determine soon who they are".

A total of 50 soldiers surrendered abandoning their tanks with their hands raised, CNN Turk reported. The studio is now being emptied.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday that he will not leave Ataturk Airport in Istanbul until the situation in the country returns to normal.

He said the events in neighboring Turkey prove "that coup d'etat has no place and is doomed to fail in our region".

Turks took to the streets of cities across the country waving national flags throughout the attempted coup to show their support for the government.

The Dogan news agency says one-way traffic on the Bosporus and Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridges were blocked.

Kerry said he had stressed in a telephone call with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu the United States' "absolute support" for Turkey's democratically elected, civilian government and democratic institutions. A coup against the democratically elected government could make it hard for the U.S.to continue to cooperate with Turkey.

The U.S. State Department suggested those in the country should "use email/phone call/SMS to contact loved ones in the area", in response to reports that the services were unusable.

Turkey will now likely dominate an European Union foreign ministers' meeting on Monday which will also be attended by US Secretary of State John Kerry. "Turkey is a valued North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally".

Yildirim echoed Erdogan's statement by saying the failed coup was orchestrated and financed by radical leader Fethullah Gulen and his Gulenist movement.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said the UN is seeking to clarify the situation and appealed for calm.

The advice is for passengers to check the airport website for the latest information and check with their airline before travel.

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