Kuwait lifts coronavirus travel ban, 7 countries remain

Kuwati nationals and residents will be able to travel again as of August 1. (File/AFP)
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Updated 30 July 2020

Kuwait lifts coronavirus travel ban, 7 countries remain

  • The banned countries are Bangladesh, Philippines, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Iran and Nepal
  • Kuwait suspended all international flights to and from the country in early March

DUBAI: Kuwait excluded seven countries from its coronavirus travel ban lift which starts August 1, daily Kuwait Times reported on Thursday.

“Citizens and residents of the country are allowed to travel to and from Kuwait, except for residents coming from the following countries: Bangladesh, Philippines, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Iran and Nepal,” the Center for Government Communication, CGC, said in a tweet.

Kuwait suspended all international flights to and from the country in early March to curb the spread of coronavirus, with the exception of repatriation flights.
Late in May, the daily reported that civil aviation authorities would implement a gradual resumption of commercial flights with government approval, which will be implemented in three phases.

As of July 29, Kuwait has confirmed 65,903 coronavirus cases, 56,467 recoveries and 444 deaths.


Blast targets ‘American’ English school in southern Iraq

Updated 18 September 2020

Blast targets ‘American’ English school in southern Iraq

  • The blast damaged the facade of the American Institute for English Learning in the city of Najaf
  • The school is not formally affiliated with any institutions in the US

BAGHDAD: An improvised explosive device blew up outside an English-language institute in southern Iraq early Friday without causing any casualties, Iraqi police said in a statement, amid a recent uptick in attacks targeting the American presence in Iraq.
The blast damaged the facade of the American Institute for English Learning in the city of Najaf, a statement from the province’s police directorate said.
The school is not formally affiliated with any institutions in the US. It was believed to to have been targeted because it offered English-language lessons to Iraqis. No Americans were employed there.
Attacks targeting the US presence have been on the rise since Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi traveled to Washington last month to conclude strategic talks. Rocket attacks routinely target the heavily fortified Green Zone, the seat of the Iraqi government, where the US Embassy is located.
Roadside bombs also often hit convoys carrying materials destined for the US military. Hours before Friday’s attack on the English-language center, a roadside bomb targeted an Iraqi convoy transporting equipment headed for the US-led coalition without causing any losses.
Last week, a roadside bomb targeted a British diplomatic convoy in Baghdad, without causing any casualties.
There are more than 5,000 American troops in Iraq now. Last month, the top US general for the Middle East said he believed the US will keep a smaller but enduring presence in the country.