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03KUWAIT1023
2003-03-21 21:23:00
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Embassy Kuwait
Cable title:  

SITREP NO. 6

Tags:   AEMR  AMGT  PREL  ASEC  CASC  EAID  KU 
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						UNCLAS KUWAIT 001023 

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. 6

REF: KUWAIT 1013 AND PREVIOUS



1. SITREP NO. 6 AS OF 2359 HOURS LOCAL, 1559 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 two "duck-and-
cover" alerts in response to reported launches of
surface-to-surface missiles from Iraq. The most recent
was at approximately 2326. No/no reports of damage
or casualties, nor any indication of chemical or
biological warheads were reported.



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Political


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The Kuwaiti MFA contacted the Ops Center to confirm the legitimacy of
applications being made in their London Embassy on behalf of ORHA. W
Kuwait Desk Officer and ORHA team members in Kuwaiti, Ops Officer was
confirm the applications were legitimate and pass this information to



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Consular


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The remaining stranded Amcit passengers reported earlier have departe
Kuwait Airways for Chicago via London this afternoon.

Fourteen Amcits have requested Embassy assistance to depart from Kuwa
the majority have requested assistance in obtaining flight reservatio
have requested assistance with Saudi transit visas. Embassy Consular
will be assisting these Amcits tomorrow a.m. Embassy Consular office
Warden Notice number 11, which reinforced all previous warnings to Am
citizens living in Kuwait to be vigilant and practice good personal s
security measures. Kuwait International Airport remains open, althou
carriers have suspended or restricted service. However, Kuwait Airwa
flying at close to normal operations.

An Embassy Consular officer and FSN met with Congen Dhahran and Kuwai
officials at the Kuwaiti/Saudi border today. The Kuwaiti border offi
reported that no Americans citizens have tried to cross the border si
start of hostilities between Iraq and U.S. Kuwaiti authorities claim
during the past few days, approximately 5,000 Arabs/Kuwaitis have cro
Kuwaiti/Saudi border, which is down from a normal of 12,000 people on
weekend. The Consular officer and Congen confirmed that the Saudi Em
Kuwait will issue gratis "emergency transit visas" to American citize
Kuwait, if the situation deteriorated.



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Management


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At the request of TFIZ01, we confirmed through OMC-K that, as of 1655
fires had been set by Iraqi forces at the Rumalya oil/gas separation
of the 9 were extinguished by civilian contractors moving with the 1s
Expeditionary Force (1MEF) in Southern Iraq. This contradicts a CNN
fifteen oil fires were burning in Rumalya.



3. COMMENTS: None



4. STATUS OF PENDING REQUESTS: See above.

JONES