First images of Turkey’s military coup: Tanks on streets, military jets in skies (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)

Turkish military stand guard in the Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, July 15, 2016. © Murad Sezer
An attempted coup is underway in Turkey. While events continue to develop and change, people have taken to social media to share videos and photographs of the event’s key moments.

First images of #TurkeyCoup

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Footage showed the roar of military aircrafts flying over the city of Istanbul highlighting the scale of the standoff between the army and the government.

The mayor of Ankara took to Twitter to urge people onto the streets to defy the coup attempt, while in Istanbul, crowds gathered as a curfew was declared by the military. In a TV interview, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan also called for people to take to the streets.

Meanwhile, in Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport, flights were suspended as the military gathered its tanks outside the premises.

The country’s state broadcaster was also shut down by the military and forced off the air. Footage appeared to show soldiers giving instructions to journalists at the TV station.

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