After 72-hour wait at airport, Kuwait allows Syrians in

KUWAIT CITY – Kuwait has allowed more than 50 Syrians who are Kuwaiti residents to re-enter the country after they were held up at the

airport for nearly 72 hours and told their passports were being checked for possible forgeries, some of those in the group said Thursday.

There was no immediate comment from airport authorities in Kuwait City, where the Syrians, including children, were barred from entering the country over the weekend. Kuwait is home to more than 130,000 Syrian nationals, according to Kuwaiti government statistics released in 2014. Ayman Nashewati, a 42 year-old sound engineer who works in Kuwait, said he was returning from a weekend in Dubai when airport authorities placed him in a waiting room with other Syrians suspected of having forged documents. The Syrians were handed back their passports after midnight Tuesday and told they were free to enter and return to their families and homes in Kuwait, he said, adding that authorities did not give them any explanation



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