1. SITREP NO. 12 AS OF 2359 HOURS LOCAL, 1159 HOURS WASHINGTON TIME MARCH 24, 2003 .
2. EVENTS SINCE LAST SITREP (all reported times are Kuwait Local, GMT plus three):
1310 Duck and Cover Alert; gas masks donned.
1320 All Clear sounded.
1337 Duck and Cover Alert; gas masks donned.
1345 All Clear sounded.
1346 Duck and Cover Alert; gas masks donned.
1352 All Clear sounded.
1456 Embassy Marine Guard reported that all three missiles launched from Iraq and precipitating above Duck and Covers overshot and landed in Arabian Gulf; no injuries or damage reported.
1647 Duck and Cover Alert; gas masks donned.
1655 All Clear sounded.
1750 ASRO reported missile launched from Iraq and precipitating above Duck and Cover impacted; no injuries or damage reported.
2220 Received call from NEA/ARP Kuwait Desk Officer regarding a CNN news story about a bomb scare near a Kuwaiti Hotel. RSO established contact with the Kuwaiti EOD; their investigation determined that a suspicious vehicle in front of the Kuwait Marriott was searched and cleared-no bomb was found. DOS Task Force informed via telephone; Kuwait Desk Officer informed via e-mail.
2225 Received word via Embassy staffer of an explosion near 5th Fleet headquarters in Bahrain. Fox news subsequently confirmed that a propane tank exploded near the Fleet; no injuries were reported; it is not considered a terrorist attack at this time.
1908 Received telephone call from Enjood Al-Ghanim on behalf of the Al-Ghanim company in order to express thanks for American efforts in Iraq and express condolences for American Prisoners of War in Iraq.
1944 Received call from Al-Awadi/Al-Anzi families expressing sorrow over the American soldier killed by his fellow serviceman. Caller voiced thanks for America's efforts in Iraq; stated "all Kuwaiti people are with you."
1954 Received call from Kuwaiti citizen expressing thanks for the American and British forces in Kuwait; caller stated "Our hearts are with you; we are in a safe place because the Americans are here."
2117 Received call from Kuwaiti citizen expressing gratitude to America; caller stated "You're freeing so many people who suffer in the Iraqi regime, and you're doing an extremely important job for the people of Iraq, and the next generation."
2130 Received call from Kuwaiti citizen speaking on behalf of entire family; caller expressed appreciation for America's hard work, stating "We don't regret anything. Best of luck, we love you and President Bush, and Bush senior as well."
2230 Received call from Kuwaiti citizen representing 30 compatriots; caller expressed appreciation for Operation Iraqi Freedom and condolences for all Coalition soldiers who have lost their lives in action. Caller stated "We pray for an easy and quick return of coalition POWs, and support the Coalition 100% in its actions inside Iraq."
2320 Received call from Kuwaiti citizen expressing deep gratitude to the Coalition forces and offering to provide housing and food if necessary.
2335 Received call from Kuwaiti citizen expressing profound appreciation to the Coalition; offered to help in any way.
2240 Received call from Kuwaiti citizen expressing support for the war against suppression of Iraqis.
No activity to report.
1555 Airport Operations: 1) As of today, Kuwait City International Airport is open from 0600-1800; this will be reassessed in 7 days. 2) Kuwait Airways has canceled all direct flights to Europe and the United States; situation to be reassessed on March 29. 3) Connections to/from Europe are via Dubai (now serving as Lufthansa's main hub), Bahrain and Doha, Qatar.