KUWAIT: A Jazeera Airways plane repatriating Kuwaiti citizens from Cairo Tuesday also carried Egypt's Consul General in the State of Kuwait who would follow up deportation of Egyptians violating residency law, Kuwait Ambassador to Egypt said. Mohammad Al-Thuwaikh explained that the deportation of Egyptian nationals were at the request of the Egyptian authorities. He was reacting to social media reports that the Jazeera Airways plane carried non-Kuwaiti passengers.

Speaking to Kuwait News Agency (KUNA), Thuwaikh said all passengers on board the Jazeera Airways were Kuwaiti citizens but the Egyptian Consul who "returned to carry out his duties in taking care of affairs of our Egyptians brothers in the country including following up deportation of violators at the request of the Egyptian authorities." He called on those circulating these false reports to refrain from doing so.

In the meantime, there are around 6,000 Egyptian teachers in Kuwait who are hoping to return to Egypt, and have appealed to Egyptian authorities to open airports and receive those who wish to return. Al-Sayed Al-Malki, the teachers' representative, told Al-Qabas daily that they made a survey to count the people who wish to return to Egypt, where 6,000 teachers showed their desire to go back.

He added that Kuwait's Ministry of Education suspended schools until August, giving them the green light to travel without a permit, and all they need is the Egyptian authority's permission. Teachers assured that they are willing to bear the expenses of their travel, and even the expenses of governmental quarantine in Egypt.