03:31 GMT04 June 2020
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    Hours into a coup to oust the ruling government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the government has moved to close down the country's airspace threatening to shoot down all planes and helicopters flying without authorization.

    Immersed in a state of martial law following a horrific night of violence as military forces attempt to overthrow the government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey has moved to shutdown its airspace threatening to immediately shoot down all unauthorized aircraft. The warning comes an hour after forces loyal to Erdogan shot down a helicopter from an F-16 fighter jet.

    ​Initial reports indicate that Erdogan's government has taken back control from the coup plotters who are said to be loyalists of the US-based Imam Fethullah Gulen. Earlier on Friday, the military coup plotters had seized the bridges and the media outlets. The military coup leaders said that they had seized the government and established a "Peace Council" to reinstall democracy and human rights, but since making that announcement the military opposition has opened fire on large crowds of protesters.

    The announcement that the entire airspace would be shutdown comes shortly after Prime Minister Binali Yildirim declaring that the airspace over Ankara, specifically, would be sealed.

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