By Gavin Gibbon
Egyptian Ambassador in Kuwait Tareq Al-Qooni, has said Egyptians violating residency law will be repatriated this week
Police in Kuwait were forced to intervene in what state news agency (KUNA) has described as a “riot” on Sunday involving stranded Egyptians waiting to be repatriated back home.
Videos online purported to show the Egyptians in a shelter, armed with pieces of furniture at one point of the confrontation. The shelter appeared to be in an industrial setting, surrounded by a chain-link fence topped with barbed wire.
"Security officials intervened and took control, arresting a number of them," the KUNA report said.
Representatives of the Egyptian embassy in Kuwait also went to the shelter and reassured workers that repatriation flights would begin this week, the statement said. The Egyptian embassy also apologised for the riots, it added.
Local newspaper Al Qabas reported that 28,000 foreigners out of an estimated 160,000 without valid residences have registered for repatriation and were being held in 34 shelters across the country. It said this included 6,500 Egyptians, 6,300 Indians and 6,000 Bangladeshis.
Earlier on Sunday, Egyptian Ambassador in Kuwait Tareq Al-Qooni, said Egyptians violating residency law would be repatriated this week.
The first flights will be for women and children who are kept in special housing units and provided with free meals, Al-Qooni said in a statement to KUNA. He added that the rest of Egyptians in those housing units would be repatriated after the women and children.