Germany imposed European travel bans on 18 Saudi nationals believed to be connected to the killing of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
German foreign minister Heiko Maas told reporters in Brussels the ban was for the 26-nation Schengen zone. The ban was issued in close coordination with France, which is part of the Schengen area, and the UK, which is not.
Though he said that the ban was issued against 18 Saudis, Maas did not give any further information.
Khashoggi, a columnist for the Washington Post who had been critical of the Saudi royal family, was allegedly killed after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October.