Turkey to ‘temporarily’ close border with Iran over coronavirus fears

Supreme leaders of Iran, the late Ruhollah Khomeini (L) and Ali Khameni (R), are seen on the top of a hill from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Iran on June 25, 2012. (File photo: AFP)

Turkey on Sunday announced it would “temporarily” close its land border with neighboring Iran as alarm grows over a spike in new coronavirus infections.

“We have decided to shut the land border temporarily after an increase in the number of cases in our neighbor Iran,” Health Minister Fahrettin Koca told reporters. He said air traffic would be unilaterally halted from 2000 (1700 GMT).

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:57 - GMT 06:57