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Kuwait deports nine Egyptians

Probe revealed participation in ‘illegal rallies’

Gulf News

Manama: Nine Egyptians, reportedly supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, are being deported from Kuwait for taking part in rallies in front of their embassy.

Security sources told Kuwaiti media that the men had been clearly identified through the video recordings of the demonstrations held last week to protest the developments in their country. The security sources said that the Egyptians had been summoned by the police after initial investigations revealed that they were directly or indirectly involved in the protests.

According to Al Rai daily, 67 Egyptians have been quizzed by the police over their alleged participation in the rallies. The daily said that at least 35 Egyptians took part in two rallies held in the capital Kuwait City.

Several Egyptians reportedly used social networks and microblogos as well as work sites and cafés to encourage fellow citizens to take part in the rallies opposed to the military-back switch at the helm of the country.

Kuwait bans foreigners from taking part in demonstrations and rallies held without permissions and has regularly warned expatriates against involving themselves in political issues. Foreigners who are deported are usually given one week to leave the country with their families.

Several Kuwaitis have been warning about the possible existence of “sleeping cells” that support the Muslim Brotherhood and called for vigilance. Kuwait has been supportive of the regime change in Egypt that ended the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood.