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Cablegate: Kuwait Sends Immediate Assistance to Iraq Bridge

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

UNCLAS KUWAIT 003948

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE

STATE FOR NEA/ARPI, LONDON FOR TSOU, PARIS FOR ZEYA

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PREL IZ KU KUWAIT IRAQ RELATIONS
SUBJECT: KUWAIT SENDS IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE TO IRAQ BRIDGE
STAMPEDE VICTIMS

1. (SBU) The GOK responded immediately to the August 31
Bridge of the Imams stampede in Baghdad, by sending a fully
equipped ambulance and 500 first aid kits to Iraq the next
day. On September 3, the aid continued as six truck loads
carrying twelve tons of medical supplies began driving north.
Acting Health Minister, Ahmed Abdullah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber
Al-Sabah, directed by Prime Minister Shaykh Sabah Al-Ahmed
Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, and with assistance from the Kuwait Red
Crescent Society, had both shipments delivered to the Iraq
Red Crescent Society in Safwan, a border town, by September
3. In addition, on September 4, the Council of Ministers
authorized $10 million dollars in aid, half to the Iraqi
government and half to the families of the victims of the
stampede. The money for the families will be sent to the
Iraq Red Crescent Society for disbursement.

2. (SBU) The immediate response from Kuwait counters local
press reports that state Iraqi Shi'a are disappointed by the
"silence" of Arab countries to the stampede tragedy, which
left close to a thousand dead. According to Al Seyassah and
Al-Rai Al-Am newspapers, members of the Iraq National
Assembly spoke openly about the "Arab silence" since the
tragedy, expressing frustration at the lack of offers for
assistance.

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Visit Embassy Kuwait's Classified Website:
http://www.state.sgov.gov/p/nea/kuwait/

You can also access this site through the
State Department's Classified SIPRNET website
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LEBARON

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