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Thursday , October 24 2019

‘READY FOR ANY EVENTUALITY’ – Kuwait Raises Alert

Acting Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al- Ahmad Al-Sabah inspects the Kuwait air force and air defense forces operations command (KUNA)

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 21, (Agencies): Undersecretary of the Kuwaiti Ministry of Interior Lt-Gen Esam Al-Nahham affirmed Thursday that all sectors of the Ministry are ready to address any eventuality.

The security services are working around the clock to guard against any ramifications of the situation in the region, he said in a statement posted on the Ministry’s Instagram account. Lt-Gen Al-Nahham made the comments after chairing a seniorlevel security meeting where he was briefed on the preparedness of all sectors of the Ministry.

The meeting was part of the field joint action by all sectors and coordination to address the possible scenario of the developments in the region, the statement noted. Lt-Gen Al-Nahham conveyed to the leaders of the security sectors the greetings of Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs and Acting Minister of Interior Anas Al- Saleh who appreciates their dedication to protection of the country’s security and stability. Lt-Gen Al-Nahham reiterated the call for everybody to rely for news on official sources, such as the Ministry’s Security Media Department, and avoid circulating rumor that could jeopardize the safety and security of country.

Kuwait has raised the security alert level at all of its ports, including the oil terminals, the state-run Kuwait News Agency reported on Friday, citing a decision by Trade and Industry Minister Khaled Al-Roudhan. “The decision emphasises that all measures have to be taken to protect the vessels and the ports facilities,” it said.

The announcement comes after two important oil production facilities in neighboring Saudi Arabia were hit by drones and missiles on Sept 14, curtailing the crude output of the world’s top oil exporter.

Yemen’s Houthi group claimed the attacks but a US official said they originated from southwestern Iran.

Tehran, which support the Houthis, denied any involvement in the attacks. Kuwait has strategic food reserves sufficient for six months, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry announced on Friday.

In a statement, the ministry affirmed its full readiness to cope with any emergency, affirming that all precautionary measures have been taken.

The ministry added that it had taken all necessary measures and precautions with the Kuwaiti Insurance Company and the food supplies outlets throughout the country.

Strategic stockpiles of food at the warehouses are sufficient for six months and some of the amounts are enough for a whole year, it said in the official statement.

The Ministry of Health announced a state of emergency in all government hospitals, reports Annahar daily. Health sources disclosed that meetings are being held in all health zones to develop, implement and activate the emergency plan.

The sources confirmed that some health zones have canceled all holidays whether at the level of doctors or administrators and nurses, in addition to summoning who are on vacation in Kuwait.

On the other hand, the Emergency Medical Department conducted a mock accident exercise in the women’s clinic in Al-Saqr Specialized Center in Adailiya with the active participation of the Kuwait Fire Services Directorate (KFSD) and the Civil Defense Department of the Ministry of Interior. The mock drill depicted a terrorist attack on a secondary school and evacuation of all students and taking the injured to a hospital.

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