Kuwait says navy heading to Bahrain soon: ambassador

KUWAIT Thu Mar 17, 2011 5:49pm EDT

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KUWAIT (Reuters) - Kuwait's navy plans to head to Bahrain soon to protect the Gulf Arab island nation's waters, Kuwait's ambassador to Bahrain was quoted as saying on Thursday.

On Monday, Bahrain asked for support under a Gulf defense pact after weeks of protests by pro-democracy activists, mainly majority Shi'ites who complain of discrimination by a Sunni monarchy.

The ambassador, Sheikh Azzam al-Sabah, was cited by Kuwait's Watan news service, which gave no further details. Kuwaiti officials could immediately not be reached for comment.

Some 1,000 Saudi soldiers and 500 police officers from the United Arab Emirates entered Bahrain, which hosts the U.S. Fifth Fleet, earlier this week as Bahraini security forces led a crackdown on protests that have been going on for over a month.

The leader of Bahrain's largest opposition group on Thursday urged Saudi Arabia to withdraw its forces and called for a U.N. inquiry into a crackdown on mainly Shi'ite protesters that has raised tensions in the oil-exporting region.

(Reporting by Eman Goma; Editing by Louise Ireland)

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Gringocapet wrote:
Kuwaiti Navy, what a joke! I did not notice any water based demonstrations. The Gulf Defence Forces are only good against unarmed civilians. Uncle Sam is there to do their dirty work and protect them when necessary.

Mar 17, 2011 8:10pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Hananova wrote:
They are going to “protect the waters”? From what? Water poachers? Salt stealers?

Besides, even if the Sunnis eliminated all the Shia’s, then the Sunnis would split into two camps and commence to fight each other.

It’s the nature of Islam.

Mar 17, 2011 8:51pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ahmedinho wrote:
Hey @Hananova, if Sunnis fight upon each other so easily they would have done so in between the Arabian Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states decades ago. The GCC population includes Saudi, Kuwait, UAE, Oman, Qatar and Bahrain and in aggregate they are a Sunni majority by a wide margin compared to Shiites as well as native Christians and Jews (yes there are Jews, Bahrain’s UN representative is Jewish).

Mar 18, 2011 5:26am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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