As the Turkey coup shattered the already-disturbed Middle Eastern country, President Recep Tayyp Erdogan had to send a message to his countrymen. He used iPhone FaceTime to appeal to people to resist the coup.

The country wanted to know what their president was thinking about the coup. However, it was nearly impossible for him to give a public statement in a conventional manner. He hid himself in an undisclosed location. Then, he used an Apple iPhone to send the message across.

“There is no power higher than the power of the people,” he said. “Let them do what they will at public squares and airports.”

The message was critical as the country needed to know who was in control of the government. His appeal to the people of his nation prompted a significant response. His supporters went into the streets, used mosque loudspeakers to call for a public demonstration against the attempted coup.

According to a state-run news agency, the Turkey coup killed 17 police officers as a military helicopter attacked the rebels outside Ankara. According to reports, a military helicopter used by rebels was shot down by fighter jets.

This is not the first time there was an attempted military coup in the Middle Eastern country. At least thrice in the last 50 years, the country has seen such attempts.

Erdogan traveled to Istanbul Ataturk Airport early on Saturday morning. According to the NY Times, it was a strong signal that the coup was failing.

The Turkey president gave a message at the airport. He said that “a minority within the armed forces” was unable to tolerate how united the country had been. He blamed his political rivals, as he called the attempted coup “a treason.” The Turkish president warned that the rebels would “pay a heavy price” for what they had attempted to do.

If the Turkey coup officially fails, the major role of the president’s message can never be underestimated. The iPhone FaceTime message was just in time to motivate the countrymen to rise against the attempt.