The Kuwaiti Ministry of Interior rebuffed a video circulated on social media showing violence near the Kuwaiti-Iraqi border, billing it as totally untrue and baseless.
“The reported video claims that there is violence near an oilfield on the Iraqi-Kuwaiti border is completely divorced from reality,” the ministry’s security media department said in a statement.
The said video, in fact, shows violence near Al-Qarna Oilfield located northern Basra, rather than near the Kuwaiti border, according to the statement.
The ministry urged users of social media to seek only credible reports that are pertinent to the country’s national and public security, while vowing to take legal action against those involved in the posting of this “affronting” video.
Earlier in the day, the Kuwaiti Foreign Ministry said the situation in the northern borders of Kuwait is totally under control with no incident occurring because of the protests in Iraq.
The State of Kuwait is closely monitoring the situation and developments in Iraq, said a Foreign Ministry source in a statement, hoping that the situation would be back to normal in Iraq very soon.
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Kuwait’s overall security situation is stable, under control, and unaffected by the ongoing events in southern Iraq, the Kuwaiti army announced Saturday.
The incidents that are currently taking place nearby Kuwait’s northern borders with Iraq are interior affairs of a neighboring country, the army said in a press statement.
The recent actions carried out by the Kuwaiti army in cooperation with security bodies in the country are merely precautionary measures, added the statement.
The Chief of the General Staff of Kuwait’s Army Lieutenant-General Mohammad Al-Khudher, accompanied by a number of military and security leaderships in the country, has inspected the northern area to check on the Kuwaiti forces and the precautionary procedures, it noted.
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At least 128 people, including a top nationalist leader were killed and more than 180 others injured today as powerful bomb blasts targeted two separate election rallies in Pakistan, the deadliest in a string of attacks on candidates ahead of the July 25 polls.
Militants targeted a gathering of the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) leader Siraj Raisani in Mastung area of Balochistan province.