Kuwait marks 25th an­niver­sary of ex­tin­guish­ing oil well fires

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

KUWAIT: Kuwait com­mem­o­rates to­day the 25th an­niver­sary of putting out the last oil well set on fire dur­ing the Iraqi in­va­sion. Iraqi troops, in 1990, set about 700 oil wells on fire be­fore with­draw­ing from Kuwait in 1991, leav­ing be­hind one of the worst en­vi­ron­men­tal calami­ties in re­cent mem­ory. The last of the burn­ing oil wells was ex­tin­guished on Novem­ber sixth dur­ing a cer­e­mony at­tended by the late Amir of Kuwait His High­ness Sheikh Jaber Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. Ex­ceed­ing ex­pec­ta­tions, the job took only eight months due to the ef­forts of more than 10,000 ex­perts from dif­fer­ent coun­tries. The Kuwaiti team man­aged to put out 41 oil well fires.

— KUNA pho­tos

KUWAIT: This Novem­ber 6, 1991 file photo shows then Amir of Kuwait His High­ness Sheikh Jaber Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah (cen­ter) at­tend­ing a cer­e­mony to cel­e­brate the ex­tin­guish­ing of the last burn­ing oil well since the Iraqi In­va­sion eight months prior.

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