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Iraqi families visit relatives jailed in Kuwait


Families of Iraqi nationals jailed in Kuwait since the 1990-1991 Gulf crisis visited their relatives on Tuesday, the International Committee for the Red Cross said.

The prisoners, whose number was not disclosed, were arrested and sentenced in connection with the crisis and are still being held in Kuwait Central Prison, the ICRC said.

The ICRC, which  has organised similar visits in the past two years, in 2010 put the number of Iraqi prisoners at six.

"The ICRC organises these family visits on purely humanitarian grounds," said Gerard Peytrignet, head of the ICRC regional delegation in Kuwait.

"Family visits are crucial to the well-being of detainees, reminding them that they are not forgotten, giving them an opportunity to see their parents, wives and children and bringing news from home."

The ICRC has been visiting Iraqis jailed in Kuwait since March 1991.

Under now-toppled and executed president Saddam Hussein, Iraqi forces invaded Kuwait in August 1990 before they were expelled by a US-led multinational coalition seven months later.