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KUWAIT CITY, Feb 23: The battle of Al-Qurain Martyrs has great importance to Kuwait in which brave Kuwaitis gave the best example of sacrifice and loyalty to the homeland, in the face of the brutal Iraqi occupation forces. This epic reflected Kuwaitis’ adherence to their homeland and absolute willingness to defend it at any costs. The battle, which falls on February 24 every year and has its 32nd anniversary, witnessed the martyrdom of some Kuwaitis who sacrificed their souls for the sake of homeland.
It began on February 24 at noon at Nader Nasser Al-Aidan’s house where the defeated Iraqi regime forces besieged the house located in Al-Qurain area in an attempt to capture a group of Kuwaitis during the forces’ withdrawal from Kuwait after the entry of the Kuwaiti forces supported by the international coalition to liberate the land of Kuwait. Nineteen Kuwaitis decided to defend their homeland, although fire exchange lasted for hours. The Iraqi forces used heavy weapons and tanks in that battle, while Kuwaiti defenders were having only light weapons.
Eventually, some Kuwaitis were martyred in the battle. To immortalize the battle, and make it evidence of the steadfastness of the Kuwaitis in the face of oppression and brutal aggression, and their adherence to their homeland until the last breath, the late Amir Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah ordered converting the house in which the battle occurred into a museum to remain an edifice that tells the story of the Kuwaiti heroes’ resistance in deterring the invaders. The museum, which is affiliated to the National Council for Culture, Arts and Literature (NCCAL), includes some departments like the name of the martyrs, and some materials and weapons used in the battle as well as others.(KUNA)