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03KUWAIT1018
2003-03-21 09:06:00
UNCLASSIFIED
Embassy Kuwait
Cable title:  

SITREP NO. 5

Tags:   AEMR  AMGT  PREL  ASEC  CASC  EAID  KU 
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						UNCLAS KUWAIT 001018 

SIPDIS

DEPT ALSO FOR USAID DCHA/OFDA

GENEVA FOR UNDRO AND LRCS

USCINCCENT ALSO FOR POLAD

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AEMR AMGT PREL ASEC CASC EAID KU
SUBJECT: SITREP NO. 5

REF: KUWAIT 1013 AND PREVIOUS



1. SITREP NO. 5 AS OF 1159 HOURS LOCAL, 0359 HOURS
WASHINGTON TIME MARCH 21.



2. EVENTS SINCE LAST SITREP (all reported times are
Kuwait Local, GMT plus three):



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Security/Military


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In the past twelve hours, we have had four duck-and-
cover alerts in response to reported launches of
surface-to-surface missiles from Iraq. The most recent
was at approximately 9:25 a.m. No/no reports of damage
or casualties, nor any indication of chemical or
biological warheads.
s.




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Political


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We facilitated MFA authorization for the Kuwaiti Embassy
in Washington to issue a visa to an Iraqi national hired
by VOA/ORHA who needed to travel urgently.



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Consular


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Some of the stranded Amcit passengers reported earlier
have departed to Dubai on Kuwait Airways, which will
arrange for them to go to Chicago; others are leaving at
noon for London, also on Kuwait Airways.

A Consular officer and FSN are driving to the Saudi
border at Nuweisib (southeastern corner of Kuwait) today
to meet with the team from Congen Dhahran and with
Kuwaiti border officials.

The Saudi Embassy here is open and accepting visa
applications even today Friday (local weekend), clearly
preferring this to issuing emergency visas at the border.
We know of no/no Amcits at the border in need of help.

Of the 23 persons (Amcits and their family-members)
mentioned in the last Sitrep who had contacted the
Embassy to request assistance departing Kuwait, only two
(Amcits both) are still pending departure.



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Management


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We clarified to TFIZ01 and NEA/ARP a CNN report that
Kuwait City International Airport had suspended
operations. The airport remains operational, with at
least Kuwait Airways continuing to fly. (The reported
suspension was merely momentary, in response to an air-
raid siren.)



3. COMMENTS: None



4. STATUS OF PENDING REQUESTS: See above.

JONES