See some of the scenes in Turkey as witnesses describe the chaos


Witnesses reported dramatic scenes of gunfire, explosions and low-flying jets as at least 90 people were killed in an attempted military coup in Turkey.

The uprising, which the Turkish government claims has been unsuccessful, was focussed mainly in the capital Ankara and Istanbul and led to the arrest of more than 1,500 military personnel after the attempt to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

British-Turkish writer Alev Scott, 29, who lives about 200 metres from Istanbul's popular Taksim square, returned to her flat from dinner with friends as soon as she heard reports of unrest.

She said: "When I got home I heard there was shooting in Taksim Square and I started hearing the gunfire and the call to prayer - but it wasn't the call to prayer - it was completely the wrong time of night.

Unrest in Taksim Square.
Unrest in Taksim Square (AP/PA)

"So then I was watching things from my terrace, watching the military vehicles on the Bosphorus Bridge and then these sonic booms started.

"It was actually quite scary so I went down into my flat just keeping away from the windows which had all blown open."

Describing what happened when the first jet flew past, she said: "My friend was on his bed and he was thrown to the floor and I was also on the floor.

"It was just this huge rush of air, just incredibly loud and it felt like an explosion."

Heavy military equipment descended on Turkish streets.
Heavy military equipment descended on Turkish streets (Burhan Ozbilici/AP/PA)

Carlos van Meek, director of news at state news channel TRT, described the moment he was stopped from broadcasting by coup plotters. He told the BBC: "We were taken off air in our headquarters in Ankara and at our secondary location in Istanbul.

"I run the English language service. Our teams there were forced to leave the building, they cut the cord and took us off air.

"It has been a scary night for my staff and people who work at the other channels of TRT but fortunately no one was hurt and everyone is safe at home from what I understand."

In a statement read out on TRT, the military said it had aimed to seize control "to reinstall the constitutional order, democracy, human rights and freedoms, to ensure that the rule of law once again reigns in the country, for the law and order to be reinstated".

Turkish soldiers in Taksim Square.
Turkish soldiers in Taksim Square (Emrah Gurel/AP/PA)

Mr van Meek said: "Essentially they tell you you have to read the statement and that's how it goes. I believe every Turkish broadcaster had to read that statement out."

Meanwhile, a British holiday-maker who had only just arrived in Turkey when he became caught up in the coup attempt described a complete state on confusion, even from military personnel.

The Briton said: "We went over to the soldiers with the guns and we said, 'Where do we go? What do you want us to do?' They said, 'I don't know'.

"We weren't allowed to go back to the airport, we weren't allowed to enter Marmaris. We were just stuck roadside with the military. We were stuck."

People view Istanbul's Bosporus Bridge, lit in the colours of the French flag in solidarity Nice attack victims.
Despite the coup, Istanbul's Bosporus Bridge was lit in the colours of the French flag in solidarity Nice attack victims (Emrah Gurel/AP/PA)

Resorting to a bar to consider whether or not to try and get to his hotel, the tourist said: "Some people are telling us we can't leave, some people are telling us we can't go to the airport, some people are telling us it's all right, we don't know."

But, he added, the Turkish people were "absolutely lovely, they are the most hospitable people you will ever meet, we couldn't be in a better place really".

Erdogan, who went into hiding when fighting broke out, has since made a television appearance saying that only a small "clique" within the armed forces was responsible for the coup and that "they will pay a heavy price for their treason to Turkey".