Kuwait reports clash with Iraqis on border

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KUWAIT - An Iraqi border patrol opened fire on a Kuwaiti patrol yesterday and the Kuwaitis fired back, Agencies report. The Kuwait News Agency said there were no casualties in the incident which occurred at dawn when the Iraqis fired at a Kuwaiti patrol posted at al-Mezarei, just east of the Adli border post. The Kuwaitis returned fire after requesting backup support. It was not clear whether either patrol had strayed across the border.

Abdullah Kabbaj, spokesman for the United Nations Iraq-Kuwait Observer Mission, said he had no information on the clash but Iraq, from Baghdad, denied that its forces had been involved in a border incident.