Kuwait calls for investigation into alleged assault on Kuwaiti students by Egyptian police

Ahram Online , Sunday 8 Jan 2023

The Kuwaiti foreign ministry has called on Egyptian authorities to investigate what it described as an assault on a group of Kuwaiti nationals by Egyptian police at a mall in Alexandria on Saturday.

Foreign Minister of Kuwait Sheikh Salem Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah


Kuwaiti Deputy FM Mansour Al-Otaibi has conveyed to the Egyptian ambassador in Kuwait his country’s dismay over the incident, according to a statement by Kuwait’s foreign ministry.

Al-Otaibi called on Egyptian authorities to investigate the incident and hold the perpetrators accountable, as well as to "take necessary measures to deter such unacceptable individual behaviour that does not reflect the fraternal relations between Kuwait and Egypt."

Al-Otaibi added that the Kuwaiti foreign ministry and its embassy in Cairo will follow up on the actions taken by the Egyptian authorities.

Ahram Online was unable to reach the Ministry of foreign affairs for comment.

The Egyptian authorities have not made any public statements about the incident, which was captured on video and posted online. 

The video shows two individuals in a parking lot being restrained and struck by a group of men in plain clothes before being led away.

According to the Kuwaiti embassy in Cairo, a number of Kuwaiti students were arrested and then released in Alexandria on Saturday for being involved in a fight. The embassy said that the fight, which resulted in minor injuries, was stopped by mall security before police arrived and arrested those involved.

The embassy also called on its nationals living in Egypt to abide by the country’s laws and regulations.

The embassy added that it is following up on the case with the cultural attaché in Alexandria.

The video of the incident has gone viral on social media in Kuwait, resulting in calls from many in the country for the Egyptian ambassador to Kuwait to be summoned in protest.

There are currently 3,314 Kuwaiti students studying in universities in Egypt, according to the Egyptian higher education ministry.

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