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First Gulf War

Error (Associated Press, Paul Garwood and Maggie Michael, 12/30/03): Kuwait expelled hundreds [of Palestinians] because Arafat sided with Saddam Hussein after the 1990 Iraqi invasion of Kuwait.

Fact: The number of Palestinians expelled from Kuwait during the first Gulf War was in the hundreds of thousands, not the hundreds. According to an Aug. 12, 2003 AP report, “About 450,000 Palestinians lived in Kuwait before the invasion. Most were expelled or pressured to leave after the U.S.-led 1991 Gulf War liberated Kuwait” (“In reversal, Palestinian prime minister condemns Iraqi invasion of Kuwait,” Diana Elias). A May 30, 2001 BBC report corroborates this much higher figure: “About 450,000 Palestinians lived in Kuwait before the Iraqi invasion [in 1990] ... the Palestinian community has dwindled to around 9,000” (“Angry Welcome for Palestinian in Kuwait”).