We noticed you're blocking ads.

Keep supporting great journalism by turning off your ad blocker.

Questions about why you are seeing this? Contact us

Font Size

- Aa +

Mon 11 Aug 2014 01:13 PM

Font Size

- Aa +

Kuwait detains Syrians who raised flag at wedding

Gulf state also moves to publicly assure its borders are secure from an attack by the Islamic State

Kuwait detains Syrians who raised flag at wedding
Syrian flags fly during a rally in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus

Kuwait has moved to publicly assure the country’s borders are secure from any potential attack by the Islamic State (formerly the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria), which has gained significant territory in neighbouring Iraq.

Security and military sources told Arabic daily Al Anba Kuwait was secure from terrorist acts but “we are ready for any possible actions that may take place in areas surrounding us”.

The sources played down rumours that the Islamic State was present in Kuwait, which was invaded by Iraq in 1990-91 in a war that caused significant economic damage the country has struggled to recover from.

Meanwhile, Kuwait has detained five Syrians who raised the Syrian revolution flag during a wedding ceremony, according to Kuwait Times.

Former MP Mohammad Hayef called for the release of the men, claiming sectarian leaders within Kuwait’s Interior Ministry were attempting to have them deported.

“[The] Interior Minister should release the Syrians because they have been served an injustice, or send them to the public prosecution to expose the lies of sectarian leaders who manipulate the truth,” Hayef was quoted as saying.

Arabian Business: why we're going behind a paywall

Real news, real analysis and real insight have real value – especially at a time like this. Unlimited access ArabianBusiness.com can be unlocked for as little as $4.75 per month. Click here for more details.