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Kuwait compensates protesting Iraqi farmers

The oil-rich nation agreed to build 200 houses for Iraqi farmers claim newspaper reports

Kuwait compensates protesting Iraqi farmers
Kuwait has compensated several Iraqi farmers in a bid to ease tensions over the demarcation of the countries’ border (Picture for illustrative purposes only)

Kuwait has compensated several Iraqi farmers in a bid to ease tensions over the demarcation of the countries’ border, which involved demolishing three houses, Kuwait Times has reported.

The oil-rich nation had agreed to build 200 houses for the affected Iraqi farmers, 3 kilometres from the border, the newspaper said.

Tensions between the neighbouring countries recently escalated as Kuwait attempted to enforce a UN-backed border demarcation that Iraq agreed to in 1994 following the first Gulf War when Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait before being pushed out by a US-led coalition.

Many Iraqis oppose the border ruling, claiming it has robbed them of property and territory.

Last week they protested by throwing stones. Iraqi police said the protesting crowd hurled stones at security forces in the border town of Um Qasr, prompting the security forces to fire in the air to disperse them, Reuters reported.

Kuwaiti border guards who heard the gunshots believed they were being targeted and opened fire at Iraqi security forces in response. There were no reports of casualties on either side.

However, Kuwait’s foreign relations committee secretary, Taher Al-Failakawi, said 205 kilometres of border markers from Salmi to Umm Qasr had been repaired without incident and with cooperation from Iraqis, Kuwait Times said.

What next? 6 years ago

Kuwait doesn't have enough housing for their citizens yet they proudly build houses for Iraqi people, probably the same people who invaded Kuwait? It seems as if everyone has forgot what went on in 1991.

procan 6 years ago

And who rescued them, the same people who now stand behind them to see a Doctor. Your gratitude is underwhelming.

Rasheed's Khalid 6 years ago

A Kuwaiti mother cannot give her citizenship to her children's !!

Where are the basic human rights !

Please learn something from Dubai , UK , Canada

A women is the leading role model of the society

RAH 6 years ago

Procan: they don't need to stand behind anyone. Private hospitals are open to all, at all times and days. No need to write some false info that simply invalidates your whole arguement.

RAH 6 years ago

So giving citizenship to sons relates to Kuwait building border housing how exactly? Why dont you move to Iraq and into these new houses and lets see how your basic human rights deteriorate even further!

Stay patient as it will happen, eventually.