BEIRUT: Almost all Kuwaiti citizens left Lebanon for their home country Thursday, Kuwaiti Ambassador to Lebanon Abdel-Aal Al-Qannaei told Kuwait News Agency (KUNA).
“Four flights have evacuated our nationals from Lebanon in light of the rapidly developing security incidents the country has witnessed in the last couple of days,” Qannaei said.
The four flights included three by Kuwaiti Airways Corporation (KAC) and one by Al-Jazeera Airways, KUNA said.
The Ambassador remarked that the evacuation came in line with instructions from Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and the travel advisory issued by the Kuwaiti Foreign Ministry Wednesday night.
Al-Qanaei also indicated that his embassy is in contact with the few remaining Kuwaiti nationals in Lebanon to ensure their safety in cooperation with the Kuwaiti foreign affairs ministry’s operations room in Lebanon, which was set up under the instructions of the Emir.
Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and the UAE urged their citizens Wednesday to leave Lebanon immediately amid threats – later retracted – by members of a Lebanese clan that it might kidnap them.
According to statistics provided by Lebanon’s Tourism Ministry, 3,368 people arrived in Lebanon from Kuwait in July 2012, 5,379 people came from Saudi Arabia, and 779 people came from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), out of a total of 40,624 arrivals from the Arab world in July.