Kuwaiti actress Hayat Al-Fahad triggers uproar with call for expat ban over coronavirus

Hayat Al-Fahad told a local television station that foreigners in the country should be kicked out during the health crisis. (Instagram: hayatalfahad_fans)
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Updated 01 April 2020

Kuwaiti actress Hayat Al-Fahad triggers uproar with call for expat ban over coronavirus

  • Many people online criticized the actress’ comments, with one Twitter user saying it was “so unacceptable”
  • Kuwait has also announced that it will treat COVID-19 patients — including non-Kuwaitis, who account for nearly 70 percent of the population — for free

KUWAIT CITY: A famous Kuwaiti actress has sparked a furor by calling for expatriates to be expelled from the country so that locals can be sure of having a hospital bed if they fall ill with coronavirus.
Hayat Al-Fahad, 71, known for her roles and extensive career in Arabic dramas, told a local TV channel that foreigners residing in the country should be kicked out during the ongoing health crisis.
“We are fed up. If we get sick, there are no hospitals (for us),” she said during a telephone interview on Tuesday.
“Why, if their countries do not want them, should we deal with them? Aren’t people supposed to leave during crises?
“We should send them out... put them in the desert. I am not against humanity, but we have reached a stage where we’re fed up.”
Many people took to social media platforms to criticize the actress’ comments, with one Twitter user saying it was “so unacceptable.”
“How many Kuwaitis are outside Kuwait at the moment? Should everyone also apply her logic when it comes to them?” another person posted.

Another Twitter user said that whilst Saudi Arabia’s government was “spreading peace and assistance even for violators,” Al-Fahad is demanding that expats should leave Kuwait during the coronavirus pandemic. 

The user was making a reference to King Salman’s latest directive to provide all coronavirus patients in Saudi Arabia, even those in violation of residency laws, with free treatment.  

“You are chilling in your ‘luxurious’ house and crying about how foreigners should be kicked out while you and everyone knows they’re the one’s that build your country,” another user tweeted. 

Another person tweeted that she prays that God would guide Al-Fahad and said that whilst she is a “beloved actress,” “it is hard to accept her insulting any human being.”

There have been 317 cases of the COVID-19 disease recorded in Kuwait so far, with no deaths. There have been no reports that the country's health system is under more strain due to the virus.
It has adopted some of the strictest measures in the Gulf to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus by largely locking down the country.
Kuwait has also announced that it will treat COVID-19 patients — including non-Kuwaitis — for free.

(With AFP)


Jets hit Libya’s Al-Watiya Air Base where Turkey may build base

An image grab taken from a video released on July 3, 2020, by the Turkish Defence Ministry shows Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar (C) greeting Libyan officials upon his arrival in Tripoli. (AFP)
Updated 06 July 2020

Jets hit Libya’s Al-Watiya Air Base where Turkey may build base

  • Turkish support was vital to the GNA in turning back the LNA offensive with advanced air defenses and drone strikes that targeted Khalifa’s supply lines and troop buildups

BENGHAZI: Warplanes struck overnight at an air base that was recently recaptured by Libya’s internationally recognized government from eastern forces with help from Turkey, a military source with the eastern forces and a resident nearby said.
The strikes were carried out by “unknown aircraft,” the military source with the Libyan National Army (LNA) of eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar said.
A resident at the nearby town of Zintan said explosions were heard from the direction of the base.
Al-Watiya’s recapture in May by the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli marked the start of a sudden collapse of the LNA’s 14-month assault to seize the capital and its retreat along the coast to the new frontlines.
Turkish support was vital to the GNA in turning back the LNA offensive with advanced air defenses and drone strikes that targeted Khalifa’s supply lines and troop buildups.
A Turkish source said last month that Turkey was in talks with the GNA to establish two bases in Libya, one of them at Watiya, the most important air base in western Libya.
Turkey’s Defense Minister Hulusi Akar was in Tripoli for meetings with the GNA on Friday and Saturday and Akar swore to do all that was necessary to help it, a Turkish Defense Ministry statement said.
Last month, the US said Russia had sent at least 14 MiG29 and Su-24 warplanes to an LNA base via Syria, where their Russian airforce markings were removed.
Turkish involvement in Libya has also angered France and Greece and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has warned of new sanctions on Ankara.
The GNA and LNA are now mobilizing forces at the new frontlines between the cities of Misrata and Sirte.