British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said he had spoken to his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, to underline support for Turkey's “democratic elected government and institutions” in the wake of the overnight coup attempt.
The Foreign Office is advising Britons in Turkey to stay indoors, avoid public places, especially demonstrations, and remain vigilant.
British Airways said it was canceling all flights to and from Turkey on Saturday, but budget airline EasyJet said it planned to runs its scheduled flights, largely to Turkish resort towns. The airline says the schedule “will be kept under continuous review.”
Turkish Prime Minister Benali Yildirim said Saturday that 161 people were killed in the country's overnight military coup attempt. More than 1,400 people were wounded in the chaos, he added, and more than 2,800 people have been detained.
The Turkey-based Syrian National Coalition said in a statement that Turkey has protected its democratic institutions “in the face of dark and desperate attempts that sought to take control of the popular will.”
It said the Turkish people value democracy and “will not let a group of putschists take it away in a desperate attempt to restore military rule.”