Kuwait to deport 60 Lebanese

March 28, 20160 Comments

Kuwait is to deport 60 Lebanese for alleged links to Hizbollah in the latest Gulf Arab move against the Shiite militant group, a newspaper reported on Monday. Those to be deported all had permanent residency which has been revoked, Al Qabas daily said.

Those classified as “dangerous cases” were given just two days to leave the country, it added. It is the second wave of deportations from Kuwait reported since the Gulf Cooperation Council blacklisted Hizbollah as a “terrorist” group earlier this month.

Last week, Al Qabas reported that 11 Lebanese and three Iraqis had been deported for alleged links to the group. About 50,000 Lebanese live and work in Kuwait, providing remittances that are vital to the domestic economy.

The terror blacklisting was the latest step taken by Gulf states against Hizbollah, the leading force in Lebanon’s governing bloc which is backed by Iran. Last month, Saudi Arabia suspended $4 billion (Dh14.7bn) in aid to Lebanon’s security forces in protest against what it said was “the stranglehold of Hizbollah on the state”.

It also urged its citizens to leave Lebanon and avoid travelling there. Qatar and Kuwait followed with similar travel advisories, while the UAE banned its nationals from travel to Lebanon.

Source : The Nationals

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