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    Turkish F-16 jet planes to patrol the country’s airspace. | Photo: Reuters

Published 17 July 2016

Helicopters are to be downed without warning by ground forces amid reports of clashes between coup-plotters and police at Istanbul’s second airport.

The Turkish government has ordered police forces around the country to down any helicopters without warning while President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he ordered all the country’s F-16 jet planes to patrol the country’s airspace, local media reported Sunday evening.

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The news comes hours after Turkish security forces clashed with coup-plotters resisting arrest at Istanbul's second airport, and at an airbase in central Turkey, according to a report by Reuters.

Security forces fired warning shots near the Sabiha Gokcen airport on the Asian side of the city and the coup plotters did not return fire, an official told Reuters, adding arrests were being made.

There were also clashes at an air base in Konya in central Turkey, the official said. "The situation is under control," the official said.

On Friday a coup attempt failed to materialize after a faction of the Turkish military temporarily took over the two main bridges in Istanbul, attacked the country’s parliament, presidential palace as well as taking control of several broadcasters before coup plotter surrendered some 10 hours later.

The Turkish government seems to be back in charge after at least 265 deaths, more than 1,000 injuries and 6,000 arrests.

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