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Photos: What it looks like on the ground in Turkey right now

Lockdown (AP/Emrah Gurel).
By Selina Cheng
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A military coup is currently unfolding in Turkey, which began when the military took control of Istanbul and locked down main bridges in the city.

The military has also taken control of the media, Al Jazeera reported, where it made a statement condemning the current government. President Erdogan, who was on holiday in Marmaris addressed the nation via FaceTime, calling on the people of Turkey to take to disregard the military-imposed martial law and to take to the streets.

AP/Emrah Gurel
Turkish soldiers block Istanbul’s Bosporus Bridge on July 15, 2016.
Reuters/Murad Sezer
Turkish military stand guard in Istanbul’s Taksim Square on July 15, 2016.
A Turkish military stands guard near the Taksim Square in Istanbul (Reuterse/Murad Sezer).
AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
Supporters of Turkey’s President Erdogan, protest in front of soldiers in Istanbul’s Taksim square (AP/Emrah Gurel).

Photos posted on Twitter show crowds taking to the streets in Istanbul and Ankara. Some drew cash from ATMs and stocked up on supplies.

A video stream on Periscope shows people trying to get gas from a gas station:

This Facebook live video shows crowds at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport, with machine gunfire heard in background:

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