Turkish President Recep Erdogan resorted to Facetime to communicate during last night’s military coup.
The president called a reporter through a mobile phone on a local Turkish television station as the coup took place.
Speaking from an unknown location, he called on the Turkish people to take to the streets. He encouraged them to leave their homes and take to public squares and airports.
He said the uprising attempt was being run by a minority within the armed forces and said it would be met with the ‘necessary response’.
It is understood that Mr Erdogan fled the country in a private jet.
The Turkish military has announced it has taken control and overthrown the government of Recep Erdogan as troops round up police and attack the capital Ankara.
Eyewitnesses have reported attack helicopters firing machine guns in the capital Ankara in a bid to depose the Islamic government.
The military said they have taken control in order to protect human rights, however, prime minister Binali Yildirim said only a ‘faction’ was involved.
Fast attack jets and helicopters were heard above Ankara and Istanbul after the military confirmed they had seized control of the country,.
Istanbul’s Bosphorus Bridge and Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge were both closed after the military deployed roadblocks.
Witnesses photographed a Turkish F-16 flying a combat air patrol over Ankara amid claims the military has seized control of the country