- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 25, 2003

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, March 25 (UPI) — Saudi Arabia denied on Tuesday that an influx of Egyptian refugees fleeing the war in Iraq crossed into Saudi territory and said it did not evacuate its nationals from Kuwait.

Saudi Ambassador in Kuwait Ahmed al-Yehya refuted in press comments reports that an estimated 15,000 Egyptian refugees fled to Saudi Arabia, saying only 2,500 people applied for entry visas.

He said the situation on the Saudi-Iraqi border was normal and people were going in and out as usual.

Al-Yehya also said Riyadh did not take any measures to evacuate Saudi nationals from Kuwait although the oil-rich emirate could be targeted by Iraqi missile attacks.

"Evacuation applies to those living in a country at war, and Kuwait is not in a state of war," he said.


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