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Iraq: Desert Dispatch -- The View From Kuwait

Our correspondent, Charles Recknagel, in Kuwait answered the following questions: QUESTION: You are in northern Kuwait where missiles landed this morning. Can you describe the situation?

Recknagel: I am at the edge of the northern zone of Kuwait, which has been sealed off-limits to journalists. It's near the point where a number of missiles struck early this morning. There are conflicting reports of how many [missiles]. It seems two Chinese[-made] missiles struck first, followed by a Scud missile that was shot down by a Patriot missile. And there are reports of a second Scud missile -- also shot down.

QUESTION: What was the reaction in Kuwait today?

Recknagel: During the missile attack, sirens sounded out all over Kuwait City. Most people seem to have ignored the sirens. But there have been announcements steadily on the Kuwaiti radio. The education minister said that all schools will be closed for at least five days. Teachers should stay at home where they are safer. Perhaps in the next attack people will seek shelter as they are supposed to.

QUESTION: What is the general mood in Kuwait City?

Recknagel: Up until the announcement that the U.S. had begun the military strikes early this morning, the mood here was very quiet. Now there have been some runs on bread shops. The government announced that it was going to making 5 million loaves of bread a day to keep supplies up. A number of [foreigners] have left, including some Asian workers, but a number of people are staying."