THE city’s council leader has told of her concern while on holiday in Turkey during an attempted military coup.
Donna Jones is with family in the south of the country and said she has been advised to stay inside her hotel.
In a message on Twitter, Cllr Jones, leader of Portsmouth City Council, said: ‘@UKinTurkey advising to stay in hotel and stay safe & extra vigilant. Flights still on schedule from Antalya.
She added: ‘Waking up in a country under a partial #MilitaryCoup was not high on my holiday agenda. Want to go home :(‘
Cllr Jones is in the south of the country away from clashes in Istanbul and Ankara.
It comes as Britons in Turkey were still being ‘strongly’ advised by the Foreign Office (FCO) to stay indoors as the country’s government claimed an attempted military coup had failed.
The Turkish Embassy in London said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was ‘in charge’ and denounced a ‘clique’ within the military which had attempted to overthrow him.
The comments followed a night of fighting in which at least 90 people were killed, with gunfire and explosions in Ankara and Istanbul and reports of shooting near the tourist resort of Marmaris.
New foreign secretary Boris Johnson said on Twitter he had spoken to Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu following a night of drama, and said: ‘I underlined UK support for the democratic elected government and institutions.’
A senior Turkish official said 1,563 military personnel have been detained as the government claimed the coup attempt appeared to have failed.
The Turkish Embassy said in a statement: ‘The situation unfolded in Turkey was a coup attempt to overthrow the democratically-elected government. This attempt was foiled by the Turkish people in unity and solidarity. Our president and government are in charge. Turkish armed forces was not involved in the coup attempt in its entirety. It was conducted by a clique within the armed forces and received a well-deserved response from our nation.’
The state-run news agency confirmed the death toll had risen to about 90 – up from initial estimates of 60 – with 1,154 reported injured.
Full advice from the Foreign Office is here: gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey