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March 27, 2015 at 10:47

Kuwait on alert due to Yemen conflict

Kuwait on alert due to Yemen conflict
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Kuwait: Kuwait’s Interior Ministry called all active forces to duty and leaves were suspended yesterday. Interior Minister Sheikh Mohammad Khaled Al-Sabah, chaired a meeting of top officials to review the security plan to safeguard the country. Senior defense ministry and national guard officials attended the meeting with the interior minister to discuss activating plans to strengthen internal security in light of the events in Yemen, the ministry said. Kuwait sent fighter jets as part of the Saudi-led coalition air strikes against Shiite Houthi militia in Yemen.

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March 15, 2015 at 13:17

Kuwait arrests Islamist leader for insulting Saudi Arabia

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Kuwait: Kuwait has arrested the leader of the Islamist Ummah Party for allegedly insulting the neighboring Gulf state of Saudi Arabia on television, the interior ministry said. Hakem Al-Mutairi was arrested at the instruction of the Public Prosecutor for “grossly insulting Saudi Arabia” during an interview, the ministry said in a statement. Mutairi is the head of the Ummah Party, a group of Islamist and conservative politicians founded in 2005 but still not officially recognized. The group said Mutairi was arrested by the secret police on Friday and interrogated over remarks he made on television in December about the death of head of Ummah Party in Saudi Arabia, Mohammed Al-Mufreh. It said Mutairi raised questions that Mufreh may have died from poisoning at a hospital in Turkey.

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