MF Dnes, 25 Mar 03, Page 1: Prague – The Czech Republic sent Kuwait – as assistance to its threatened population – 5,000 completely unusable gas masks. DuÅ¡an Lupuljev, Commander of the Czech-Slovak anti-chemical battalion said one sentence about the shipment: “I would forbid soldiers to use these.”

The supplier, Gumárny Zubří, borrowed the masks from fire brigades’ warehouses in order to quickly meet the Kuwaitis’ request. A similar embarrassment occurred 12 years ago, when Prague supplied Saudi Arabia with completely rotten gas masks.