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Kuwait Islamists decry French push into Mali

Stand comes amid official condemnation of ‘terrorist action’ in Algeria

Gulf News

Kuwait City: Dozens of Kuwaiti Islamists gathered outside the French embassy on Monday to protest against the French military intervention in Mali, calling on Gulf leaders not to support the operation.

Protesters chanted slogans and carried banners calling on France to halt its operation against militants in the African country, condemning “the bloodshed of Muslims in Mali”.

A large number of security forces were stationed outside the embassy building on the outskirts of Kuwait City, but the protest ended without incident.

Kuwait has not made any official comment on the French military operation but on Monday the cabinet condemned “terrorist action” in Algeria. Militants took a number of foreign and Algerian hostages at a gas plant in the Sahara desert last week demanding an end to France’s Mali operation, in a siege which ended with the deaths of almost 40 captives.

French and Malian troops on Monday recaptured the key towns of Diabaly and Douentza in a major boost to their drive to rout Al Qaida-linked rebels holding the country’s vast, arid north.