Kuwait Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Nawara Fat­ta­hova

KUWAIT: The Min­istry of In­te­rior yes­ter­day con­firmed that land­mines had been found on the beach and in the water near a sea­side club in Bidaa last week. Ac­cord­ing to the min­istry’s Gen­eral Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Re­la­tions and Di­rec­tor of the Se­cu­rity Me­dia De­part­ment Bri­gadier Adel Al-Hashash, the land­mines were washed up by the tide on the beach, and dated from the time of the 1990 Iraqi in­va­sion of Kuwait.

“The in­te­rior min­istry’s forces dealt with the land­mines that were found on Bidaa beach and re­moved them. The se­cu­rity guards of the club called the op­er­a­tions de­part­ment and our forces went there. We reg­u­larly re­ceive re­ports about land­mines be­ing found, though more of­ten th­ese are in the desert. This time it was in the sea,” he told Kuwait Times.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, dur­ing the 1991 Gulf War, Iraqi troops planted mil­lions of mines in Kuwait, with ap­prox­i­mately 97.8 per­cent of Kuwait’s land mined or af­fected by un­ex­ploded ord­nance. Heav­ily mined ar­eas in­cluded the north­ern coast of Kuwait Bay and the Kuwait-Saudi Ara­bia bor­der. Mil­lions of mines have since been re­cov­ered, but many are still hid­den in coastal and desert ar­eas of Kuwait.

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