Late in the evening of July 15, residents of Istanbul reported military aircraft flying low over the city while ground military units blocking the bridges across the Bosphorus as well as the road to the country's main air hub - Ataturk International Airport. All flights to and from the airport are cancelled. Ankara airport is also reported to be closed. 

All flights at Ataturk airport resumed at approx. 06:00 am (0300 GMT)

The official website of Istanbul Ataturk Airport (IATA: IST, ICAO: LTBA) is unavailable the same as to various social networks in the entire Turkey is reported to be shut down. Turkish media report that Military Armed Forces, including tanks, were spotted at the airport.


Some flights are being diverted though unknown whether on airlines' or Turkish military's decision. 

The Turkish military said in a statement that it had "taken control" over the country. They stated that they had "done so to preserve democratic order, and that the rule of law must remain a priority" and adding that "democratic and secular rule of law had been eroded by the current government." 

Meantime, the country's PM Binali Yildirim said "it would be wrong to call it a coup" but that there has been an attempt by "part of the military". He describes it as an "illegal attempt" to seize power. Turkey would never allow any "initiative that would interrupt democracy", he said, and promised the perpetrators "will pay the highest price". The country's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan is reported to be in a safe place, though he didn't make any public statement. 

Following coups in 1960 and 1980, this might be already the third time in the history of Turkey's modern history, when the military is taking the control over the country.