Wednesday 26 January 2022

Kuwait bans entry of ships carrying goods to and from Israel

A Kuwaiti decree banned the entry of vessels carrying goods to or from Israel into Kuwait territorial waters.

Kuwaiti Public Works Minister Dr. Rana Abdullah Al-Fares issued an order banning the entry of commercial vessels loaded with goods to and from the Zionist regime into Kuwaiti territorial waters on Saturday, according to Kuwaiti newspaper Al Anba.

The order prohibits entry permits being requested for ships carrying goods to or from the Zionist regime, even if goods being carried from Israel are being brought to another country outside of Kuwait.


Under Kuwaiti law, individuals and companies cannot conclude agreements with organizations or persons living in the occupied territories of Palestine and cannot deal financially or commercially with persons who have an interest in the occupied territories. It is also illegal to import, exchange or possess any Israeli goods, commodities or products, whether received directly or indirectly.


Products also cannot include any material from Israeli products.



Hamas issued a statement welcoming the decision on Saturday, calling on other countries to "follow the same approach" and restrict Israeli trade and maritime traffic.


When the Abraham Accords were signed last year, Kuwait insisted that it would "be the last" to normalize relations with Israel.


In May, the Kuwaiti parliament passed a bill that would restrict any form of contact with Israel. Any expressions of sympathy with Israel would also be outlawed.

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