Kuwait is to deport 18 Syrians and Egyptians after they were arrested following a brawl in the Shuwaikh industrial area. The fight was filmed by an onlooker and posted on social media showed people wielding groom sticks attacking one another and shouting.
“The security department in the Capital Governorate was able to arrest those implicated in the fight in a record time,” the interior ministry said. “All the detainees were referred to the competent authorities to take the legal measures against them.”
A security source said that the brawl broke out between salesmen in a shop selling plastic material in the industrial area, Kuwaiti daily Al Rai reported on Monday.
“The verbal argument escalated into a fight that involved several people,” the source said. “They were all foreigners and no Kuwaiti was involved in the brawl,” the source added.
Kuwait has been following a strict policy of zero tolerance towards any foreigners disrupting public order in public places or involved in street fights or in shopping complex brawls.
Last October, seven Gulf nationals were deported following their involvement in a fight at The Avenues shopping mall during Eid. The decision to force the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) citizens to leave Kuwait was based on their violation of the law, disrupting order at the mall, causing terror and panic and assaulting security staff, a Kuwaiti official said.
Citizens from the GCC do not need a visa to enter Kuwait, but the deportees will not be allowed into the country again.