Turkey’s EU minister urges soldiers to disobey coup leaders

Türkiye Materials 16 July 2016 02:40 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, July 16


Turkey’s EU Minister Omer Celik has urged soldiers not to obey the orders of a faction in the military attempting to carry out a coup, according to broadcaster NTV.

“We will not hand over this democracy without giving our last breath,” he said, Reuters reported.Turkey’s EU minister urges soldiers to disobey coup leaders

A chaotic night began late Friday with reports of soldiers trying to wrestle control of bridges and key functions in major cities, and turned into a nightmare when army helicopters began airstrikes and shelled key locations in the capital, Ankara, Anadolu reported

Bombs struck near the Turkish Grand Assembly, witnesses said.

Airborne shelling at several locations including the ruling AK Party headquarters, the presidential complex and the General Staff have been reported.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim later announced a no-fly zone has been enforced above Ankara, adding that army commanders, including Chief of Staff Hulusi Akar, are on duty and working to stop the illegal military action.