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Sunday, October 31, 1999 Published at 09:43 GMT

World: Middle East

Riots in Kuwait City

Reports from Kuwait say the security forces have fired shots into the air and used tear gas to quell a riot by Egyptian workers.

Eye-witnesses said dozens of people were injured in the disturbances in a residential area of the capital, Kuwait City.

The trouble apparently broke out after a scuffle between Egyptians and Bangladeshis.

When the security forces moved in, the Egyptians pelted them with stones, attacked shops and homes, and set fire to vehicles.

More than a quarter of a million Egyptians live in Kuwait, many of them employed as unskilled labourers.

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