Kuwait has allowed more than 50 Syrians who are Kuwaiti residents to re-enter the country after they were held up at the airport for nearly 72 hours and told their passports were being checked for possible forgeries.

There was no immediate comment from airport authorities in Kuwait City, where the Syrians, including children, were barred from entering the country over the weekend.

One of the people in the group, 42 year-old sound engineer Ayman Nashewati who works in Kuwait, says he was returning from a weekend visit to nearby Dubai.

He says the Syrians were handed back their passports after midnight Tuesday and told they were free to enter and return to their families and homes in Kuwait. He says authorities did not give them any explanation.