Kuwait police clashes with protesters, wounds 5

At least five people, including a security man, were hurt and dozens arrested on Friday as Kuwaiti riot police clashed with hundreds of stateless Arab protesters demanding rights, the AFP reported.

The elite special forces used water cannon, tear gas, batons and smoke bombs in a bid to disperse more than 500 protestors after they refused calls by authorities to end their demonstration.

Ambulances rushed an unspecified number of wounded protestors and security men away from the scene, with a witness saying at least five people were hurt, one of them seriously.
Witnesses said a large number of protestors were arrested as they refused orders by police to disperse.

About 300 stateless Arabs, also known as bidoons, began the protest immediately after noon Friday prayers in Jahra city, 50 kilometers west of Kuwait City, demanding rights and citizenship.

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