Security sources have denied rumors circulating on social networking websites about the banning of Saudi bachelors from entering Kuwait through either the land borders or Kuwait International Airport. They said Ministry of Interior announced that more than 17,000 passengers used Nuwaiseeb and Salmi land borders to enter and leave Kuwait on Thursday, 23 July.
The sources revealed that the rumors that circulated on the social networking websites as well a report published by a Saudi Arabian newspaper about the banning of Saudi bachelors from visiting Kuwait created confusion among the public.
They said the concerned security authorities have insisted that these reports are incorrect because “Kuwait is a second home country for the GCC citizens and welcomes all visitors who share distinguished relations with Kuwait and its people”.
The sources clarified that some violators of law could have been banned from entering Kuwait because they either did not have passports or valid ID cards or a travel ban was issued against them. On the other hand, some news websites reported that a source from the customs department revealed that there are no travel bans against any Saudi citizens except some suspected individuals who were banned from travelling just few days ago.
A Saudi newspaper had reported that a number of Saudi citizens returned to Khafji border from Kuwait’s Nuwaiseeb border, revealing that all the individuals who returned were bachelors while the passengers with families were allowed to enter Kuwait.
In another development, Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs had issued a circular on Thursday, instructing to close down the women prayer sections in all mosques from Friday July 24 until further notice for security reasons. However, it later cancelled the circular.
Undersecretary of Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Dr. Adel Al- Falah affirmed that all the prayer areas in the mosque were open for worship on Friday. On Thursday night, he declared to KUNA that the circular sent by the ministry to close down some of the prayer sections had incorrect information and was rectified.
Source: Arab Times