Nearly 6,000 expats deported from Kuwait since 2016 because of infectious diseases

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Updated 21 May 2018
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Nearly 6,000 expats deported from Kuwait since 2016 because of infectious diseases

DUBAI: Kuwait has deported 5,879 expats since 2016 amid concerns over infectious diseases according to Kuwaiti Health Minister Sheikh Dr. Basil Al-Sabah, local daily Kuwait Times reported.
The health minister said there were 576 cases of AIDS, 244 with Malaria, 2,068 with tuberculosis and 2,991 with hepatitis.
Those deported are re-examined at their home country’s medical centers, and in the case of negative results, Kuwait’s health ministry undersecretary is contacted in order to have the ban lift


Iran vows to keep military forces in Syria despite Israeli threats

Updated 17 January 2019
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Iran vows to keep military forces in Syria despite Israeli threats

  • Israel says it has carried out more than 200 attacks against Iranian targets in Syria in the last two years
  • Iran's Revolutionary Guards’ top commander called Israeli PM Netanyahu’s threats “a joke”

LONDON: Iran will keep military forces in Syria, the head of the elite Revolutionary Guards said on Wednesday, defying Israeli threats that they might be targeted if they do not leave the country.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that Israeli forces would continue to attack Iranians in Syria and warned them “to get out of there fast, because we will continue with our resolute policy.”

Rebuffing the threats, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, the Revolutionary Guards’ top commander, was quoted as saying by the semi-official ISNA news agency that “the Islamic Republic of Iran will keep all its military and revolutionary advisers and its weapons in Syria.”

Jafari called Netanyahu’s threats “a joke,” and warned that the Israeli government “was playing with (a) lion’s tail.”

“You should be afraid of the day that our precision-guided missiles roar and fall on your head,” he said.

Iran and Russia have both backed Syria’s Bashar Assad in a seven-year war against opposition and militants, and have sent thousands of soldiers to the country.

Israel, increasingly concerned that its enemy Iran may establish a long-term military presence in neighboring Syria, says it has carried out more than 200 attacks against Iranian targets in Syria in the last two years.

Netanyahu said on Sunday that Israeli warplanes carried out an attack on what he called an Iranian arms cache in Syria.