Oil spill off Kuwait

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KUWAIT CITY — Emergency workers are battling to contain an oil spill near a joint Kuwaiti-Saudi oil field in the Gulf, an official said Sunday.

“Emergency oil teams are still struggling to put an oil spill near Kuwait’s southern Ras Al-Zour area under control,” said Kuwait Petroleum Corporation spokesman Talal al-Khaled in a statement carried by the official KUNA news agency.

There were no official reports on the source or size of the spill in the waters off Kuwait’s southern coast, near the joint Kuwaiti-Saudi offshore Al-Khafji oil field.

Kuwaiti media however on Sunday quoted local oil experts as saying the spill originated from an old 50-kilometer (31-mile) pipeline from Al-Khafji. — AFP

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