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Kuwait denies military movement claims

Social media users could face legal action for spreading rumours

Manama: Kuwait’s defence ministry has dismissed reports claiming there were military movements towards Kuwait as not true and lacking credibility.

"The General Staff calls on everyone to verify the accuracy of such reports and not to disseminate false information that affects the security and stability of the country,” the Directorate of Moral Guidance and Public Relations at the Ministry of Defence said in a brief statement.

“The Ministry of Defence reserves the legal right to hold accountable and prosecute through the competent judicial authorities those who promote such rumours."

Social media on Saturday circulated audio recordings claiming there were military movements heading towards Kuwait.  

Claims on the Twitter microblog referred to a full mobilisation of the army and the police to deal with the military action.

With a usage rate amongst the highest the world, social media in Kuwait and the other members of the Gulf Cooperation Council – Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates-, are often replete with rumours and claims that are not true and that prompt the authorities to issue denials and dismissals and to warn users that they could face legal procedures and questioning for spreading them, regardless of their intentions.

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