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Kuwait City: A committee made up of the Public Authority for Manpower, the Kuwait Municipality and the Immigration department, raided an illegal market and arrested 100 expats, Al Qabas reported.

The raid is part of a larger campaign to stop the spread of makeshift markets that sell vegetables and fruits illegally.

In addition, a number of workers were seized in an illegal market in Kbad and Wafra.

Illegal markets

The setting up of illegal markets have been going on for years, especially in areas that are predominantly populated by labourers.

A few weeks ago, the The Joint Committee at the Public Authority for Manpower in Kuwait found that 75 expats in Jleeb Al Shuyoukh have violated the law by setting up makeshift and illegal markets, restaurants and bakeries on the streets and in residential buildings.

Last month, the makeshift markets began growing, after they had slowed down due to the lockdown enforced to curb the spread of COVID-19.

According to Al Seyassah, many expats prefer buying their groceries, even clothes, from the makeshift markets as they tend to cost almost half of the original price in supermarkets and shops.

These makeshift markets are most common in areas like Jleeb Al Shuyoukh, Khitan and Farwaniya.