Kuwait strips 10 people, top cleric of citizenship
Kuwait strips citizenship from 10 people, including an influential and popular cleric
Associated Press
2014-08-11 11:42 PM

KUWAIT CITY (AP) -- Kuwait has revoked the citizenship of 10 people, among them an influential young sheik who has openly criticized the government of bowing to pressure from Washington to clamp down on financial assistance to Syrian rebels.

Kuwait recently stripped five critics of their citizenship in what appears to be part of a larger crackdown on dissent.

The official Kuwait News Agency carried the Cabinet's decision Monday, which said that the 10 had failed to meet requirements for naturalization. The Cabinet statement did not list the names of the people whose citizenship was revoked and did not specify which requirements for naturalization they had failed to meet.

Sheik Nabil al-Awadi, however, confirmed on Twitter that he was among those targeted and wrote, "To God we belong, and to God we will return."

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