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Kuwait breaks up ‘riot’ by Egyptian workers demanding repatriation

Kuwait City Kuwaiti authorities dispersed a “riot” by Egyptian workers who demonstrated on Monday to demand repatriation amid the coronavirus crisis, state media said.
Security forces intervened to halt “riots and chaos” at a housing area for foreign workers, detaining an unspecified number of people, according to the official Kuwait News Agency (KUNA).
On Sunday, KUNA quoted Egyptian ambassador to Kuwait Tareq al-Qooni as saying that Egyptians at a camp for immigration offenders will be repatriated starting “this week”.
“The first flights will be for women and children who are kept in special housing units,” Qooni reportedly said.
Kuwait has said it will allow expatriates in violation of residency laws to leave the country without paying fines or for plane tickets.
Kuwait has so far recorded more than 5,000 infections, including 40 deaths. (AFP)

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