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04 May 2020 | 09:44 AM UTC

Kuwait: Police forcibly disperse protesting migrant workers May 3

Kuwait News Alert

Kuwaiti security officials intervene in unrest amongst migrant workers stranded due to COVID-19 May 3; further unrest possible over the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/4/2020, 12:00 AM until 5/7/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kuwait). COUNTRY/REGION Kuwait


The Ministry of Interior reported on Monday, May 4, that police officers had confronted rioting Egyptian migrant workers overnight on Sunday, May 3. The confrontation occurred at a shelter housing migrant workers in an unspecified location. The workers are reported to be angered at being unable to return home to Egypt despite losing their jobs due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Video imagery shows police officers firing tear gas at the demonstrators and a number of arrests were reportedly made following the incident. The Egyptian ambassador to Kuwait has stated that repatriation flights for the stranded migrants are being planned for later this week.

Further unrest amongst the migrant population is possible in the near term.


Individuals in Kuwait are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.


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