The move comes after an airstrike on Thursday night in Syria’s Idlib province killed at least 33 Turkish soldiers recently deployed to support the Syrian opposition in the face of a blistering Russian-backed Syrian government offensive.
Turkey often threatens to reopen the migrant route from the Middle East, which at its peak in 2015 saw thousands drown in the Mediterranean and a million people reach Greece and Italy, where many still live in miserable displacement camps.
Authorities said the decision was taken “in view of the current situation and the spread of the coronavirus.”
The government said in a statement: “The Federal Council is aware that this measure will have a significant impact on public life in Switzerland. However, the move is expected to provide effective protection to people in Switzerland and to public health.
His arms and legs were dumped in a holdall bag near a home in Coolock, north Dublin, on January 13. His head and hands were discovered in a burning car two days later.
He said that Turkey would “no longer stop refugees reaching Europe by land or sea”, in effect abrogating his deal with the EU to stop Syrians taking boats to Greece. Coastguards were said to have been stood down last night. The raid left bodies strewn around the building, according to rebels and aid workers who arrived after the attack.
“We were in the village when the observers announced that a Russian Sukhoi 24 jet was in the sky,” one Syrian rebel fighter who was near by said. “The aircraft conducted several raids on the centre of Baluon. We hurried to check what happened, and we found that the raids had hit the municipality building where dozens of Turkish soldiers were based. It was a horrific scene. The building had collapsed, several soldiers were killed and injured, many were stuck under rubble.” A Turkish military convoy was also struck.
Francis is bishop of Rome, but delegates the day-to-day running of the archdiocese to a vicar. The Argentine pope has generally enjoyed good health. He lost part of one lung as a young man because of a respiratory illness, and suffers from sciatica, which makes walking difficult.