On July 14th, Kuwait handed over to the Egyptian authorities members of the arrested Muslim Brotherhood (MB) cell, which includes eight people wanted on several charges.
Al-Monitor said in a report that on July 14th, security sources revealed to the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Rai that the Egyptian authorities had informed their counterparts in Kuwait of security information regarding the presence of wanted persons in Kuwaiti territory and requested their extradition. The State Security Service then monitored the wanted persons and their movements before arresting them.
In a statement to Al-Monitor, a member of the Supreme Council for Counter-Terrorism and security expert Brigadier General Khaled Okasha described Egypt's receipt of the Brotherhood cell as "good and positive cooperation between Egypt and Kuwait and an attempt to clamp down on the group's supporters involved in violence and terrorism."
He said: "This indicates that the Brotherhood organisations and cells involved in the terrorist act will be pursued even if they imagine that they went to countries that take safe havens, and the Egyptian authorities are able to deal in a professional form, and presented a distinct file and full of evidence and facts about this cell involved in the acts Violence, despite claims that they are political opponents."
In a statement on July 15th, Human Rights Watch condemned the deportation of the Muslim Brotherhood cell to Egypt, before Kuwaiti diplomatic sources responded in a press statement that the deportations are due to judicial rulings against them in Egypt, and not because they are against the Egyptian government.
Okasha added: "The Kuwaiti authorities did not take this step as a courtesy to the Egyptian authorities. Security in both countries works in a serious and professional manner. "
Islamic movements researcher Sameh Eid told Al-Monitor that the number of members of the MB fleeing Egypt after June 30th, 2013, is estimated at 50,000, some of whom went to the Gulf states, including Kuwait.
Eid pointed out that Kuwait is not one of the Arab countries that have classified the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group, but it is nevertheless characterised by security cooperation with Egypt.
Regarding the significance of seizing the MB cell, he said: "There may be a change in dealing with the supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood who are present in its territory, and a warning from the Kuwaiti Interior Ministry to the other Muslim Brotherhood elements on its territory so that it does not carry out any activities there."
The inclusion of the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group is unclear in Kuwait. Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Qabas reported on July 14th that about 300 Egyptians belonging to the MB had left Kuwait during the previous period to Turkey, Australia, Britain and an Arab country, fearing that they would be pursued by the Egyptian Interpol.
Okasha explained that "the coming period will carry a lot of disclosure of the Muslim Brotherhood cells involved in violence, both inside and outside Egypt, especially since the Egyptian security services are working in a serious manner, and take steps only when they have arranged their file convincingly and have evidence to prove the involvement of these Elements in terrorist cases."