What Americans in Turkey Need to Know After Turkish Military Coup

The State Department has sent out a series of guidelines.

— -- As a coup was being attempted in the Turkish capital of Ankara Friday, the U.S. government warned Americans there to stay indoors and to contact their family and friends to let them know they're safe.

"The Turkish Government states that elements of the Turkish army are attempting an uprising, security forces are taking action to contain it, and some buildings are under blockade," the U.S. embassy said in an emergency message.

Social media may have been blocked in Turkey, said the U.S. embassy in Ankara, but Twitter said it had "no reason" to believe the service has been fully blocked. Twitter does suspect that there is an international slowing of traffic in the country. The State Department suggested using email, texts or phone calls to reach loved ones in the event that social media has been blocked.

The U.S. embassy in Ankara warned U.S. citizens that shots were heard in Ankara and that both bridges in Istanbul, the Bosphorous and Fatih Sultan Mehmet, have been closed. The embassy also informed Americans to monitor local press for updates, avoid areas of conflict and to exercise caution if they are in the vicinity of any military or security forces

Incirlik is owned by Turkey and has a large Turkish military presence. The Department of Defense said it is unaware about any impact to the U.S. troops there and whether there has been an impact to base operations.

More tips and resources for Americans in Turkey can be found on the U.S. embassy's website.