Kuwait’s online bookstores are now shut after an online boycott by the country’s Sunni Muslim minority.
Kabila Abdul-Malek, a shop owner in the city of Mokha, said he was not surprised that the shop had been shut down because it was no longer selling any books.
He said he decided to go to the Kuwaiti Embassy to get the information and to tell the people of Kuwait to boycott the shop.
“The people have been calling and sending us all the information on the Internet and asking for the shop to reopen.
They said that they would never buy books from this shop again,” he said.
The shop has been selling books since 2011.
It’s now one of only a handful of bookstores in Kuwait that still carries books, said Abdul-Ghani Al-Abbasi, the head of the bookstore.
He was unable to comment on the reasons for the shutdown, but said the company is investigating the situation.
The country is on the brink of its worst economic crisis since the 1990s.
The economy has shrunk by about half its size in just over two years.
The U.S. State Department said last week it was taking action against Kuwait’s leaders for “failure to comply with the international economic sanctions against Iran and Syria.”
The government said last month it was suspending its financial ties with Iran.
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