Dust storms halt maritime operations in Kuwait

A car drives through a sandstorm along the Gulf Road in Kuwait City on March 12, 2014. (File/AFP)
Updated 17 January 2019
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Dust storms halt maritime operations in Kuwait

  • Maritime operations have been suspended in three Kuwaiti ports
  • Operations were suspended at 8 a.m. local time due to dust storms

Maritime operations have been suspended in three Kuwaiti ports due to bad weather, the Kuwait Ports Authority said on Thursday.

Operations were suspended at 8 a.m. local time due to dust storms with northwestern winds of 70 km per hour and low visibility.

There are also warnings of waves on the sea of up to seven feet.

Conditions are expected to improve gradually later in the day, according to the national weather center.

Dust storms are common in the region and are often caused by strong winds that blow from the northwest across the Gulf. 


Lebanon's Hezbollah suspends official over Parliament spat

Updated 45 min 17 sec ago
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Lebanon's Hezbollah suspends official over Parliament spat

  • Musawi's comments violated a Hezbollah policy to avoid internal arguments with other groups
  • Earlier this week, Musawi did not attend the weekly meeting of Hezbollah's parliamentary bloc

BEIRUT: Hezbollah's top commanding body suspended the political activities of a leading legislator because of his spat with rival politicians in Parliament last week, a Lebanese politician said Saturday.
Legislator Sami Gemayel, who heads the Christian Phalange party, said last week that Hezbollah's wide influence was seen when it got its ally elected president in 2016.
Hezbollah legislator Nawaf Musawi responded saying "it's an honor" for the Lebanese that President Michel Aoun came to his post alongside "the rifle of the resistance," a reference to the militant group, and "not on an Israeli tank."
Musawi's last reference was to late President-elect Bashir Gemayel who was assassinated in 1982 days after being elected during Israel's invasion of Lebanon.
Gemayel's son, Nadim, an MP, called Musawi's statements "unacceptable."
Two days later, the head of Hezbollah's 13-member bloc in parliament, Mohammed Raad, apologized during a meeting of the legislature saying that Musawi "crossed lines."
The politician who is familiar with Hezbollah's internal affairs spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
The daily Al-Akhbar, which is close to Hezbollah, said Musawi will be suspended from taking part in parliamentarian and the group's internal meetings for one year. He will also not be permitted to speak to the media, it said. The paper added that Musawi's comments violated a Hezbollah policy to avoid internal arguments with other groups.
Earlier this week, Musawi did not attend the weekly meeting of Hezbollah's parliamentary bloc. He was also not present on the day that Raad issued his apology.