The Kuwaiti daily A-Siyassa reported that the GCC plan would deport
thousands of Lebanese Shi'ites with links to Hizbullah and Iran's Islamic
Revolutionary Guard Corps, Middle East Newsline reported. The newspaper, in a report on March 24, said the
plan was drafted in wake of intelligence reports that Lebanese Shi'ites were
recruited to demonstrate in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.
"No Lebanese Shi'ite linked to or suspected of being associated with
Hizbullah and IRGC will remain in the Gulf," a diplomatic source said.
The GCC was said to have received intelligence from Bahrain, France and
the United States on the influx of Hizbullah and IRGC agents into Sunni Gulf
states. A-Siyassa said the intelligence reports asserted that IRGC and
Hizbullah agents were leading the anti-regime protests in Bahrain and Saudi
On March 27, Qatar was reported to have captured two Iranian weapons
boats near Bahrain. The Kuwaiti news portal Al Aan said the Iranian vessels
were being held in Zubara in northeastern Qatar.
At the same time, Bahrain has been arresting suspected Hizbullah agents.
The GCC kingdom has also blocked flights from Iran, Iraq and Lebanon.
"Hizbullah has provided training for their people," Bahraini Social
Development Minister Fatima Al Balushi said.
In Kuwait, parliament has sought to study the Iranian presence in the
GCC sheikdom. Kuwaiti parliamentarian Mubarak Al Waalan has demanded that
the government provide information on the staff of the Iranian embassy as
well as how many Iranians live and work in Kuwait. The Iranian community was
said to have increased significantly since 2003.