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.
Meanwhile the Kuwait Petroleum Corp (KPC) said yesterday had raised security around its oil facilities inside and outside the country. “In the light of developments in Yemen and to protect the strategic interests of the oil sector and securing oil products for inside and outside several procedures and precautionary steps taken,” KPC acting chief executive officer Mohammad Al-Farhoud said.
These measures include “securing all industrial safety and security requirements and raising the level of security measures and to intensify the protection of oil installations in Kuwait and abroad,” he said.
OPEC member Kuwait, which says it sits on around 10 percent of global crude reserves, pumps around 2.8 million barrels per day.
And Kuwaiti lawmakers have declared their total support for participation in military operations against the Houthi militia, believed to be backed by predominantly Shiite Iran.
The government has also warned that all tweets of Kuwaitis who are sympathetic to Houthis are being monitored and there will be deterrent measures against them.