UPDATE 4:36PM EDT Binali Yildirim is telling the media outlets he controls that, not Turkish state media TRT which is presently dark, he and the government are facing an unauthorized military action and not a coup.
Mr Yildirim told NTV television by telephone: “We are working on the possibility of an attempt. We will not allow this attempt.” He did not elaborate.
“Those who are in this illegal act will pay the highest price,” he added, saying it would not be correct to describe the move as a “coup”.
Multiple news sources are reporting that Turkey is in the midst of a military coup. Erdogan, from sources is confirming that a coup is underways.
The skies above the capital of Ankara are presently occupied with military helicopters while fighter jets are reported to be flying above them at speed.
Reuters, is also reporting that both Twitter and Facebook have been shut down while gunfire has erupted in the streets of Ankara.
Ahmet Yayla of the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism posted an image on Twitter of military vehicles on the streets of Ankara prior to social media being shut down.
The gravity of a NATO nation, looking for EU inclusion, facing a military take over is nothing short of grave and nothing I can put my hear around while trying to bring news. Clearly the gravity of this demands updates and we will be with you all evening.