CAIRO -- Ahmed Fahad Sabah won't easily forget the telephone call he received from Iraq last week -- or its sinister warning.

Sabah, a member of Kuwait's royal family, said the caller told him that if exiled Kuwaitis in Cairo went ahead with their plans to launch a daily resistance newspaper here, its shut-down sister daily in Kuwait would be blown up and all of its reporters and editors who are still there would be tracked down and killed.

Sabah had reason to take the threat seriously: His father, Sheik Fahd Ahmed Sabah, brother of Kuwait's ruling emir, was killed during the Iraqi invasion on Aug. 2. Sabah, 28, said he himself had boarded a plane for Switzerland two hours before the invasion started on Aug. 2 and did not learn about the attack or his father's death until the next morning.

He said he also has learned that the Iraqis rounded up and shot many of the journalists in Kuwait known for writing critically about Iraq.

"They know everything. The Iraqi Embassy here knows everything we're doing, and the Iraqi secret police in Kuwait know what is happening there," Sabah said, noting that Iraq's former ambassador to Kuwait, Abdel Jabar Ghani, returned there from his diplomatic assignment in West Germany to help direct military intelligence activities following the invasion. Sabah said Ghani, who according to accounts from Kuwait now wears a general's uniform, has been seen in Kuwait City pointing out suspected subversives for arrest by the security police.

Despite the threats of retribution against members of the external resistance movement, on Wednesday a rapidly growing Kuwaiti exile community here began publishing its daily, al-Anbaa, on the presses of the Egyptian state-run newspaper al-Ahram. Another newspaper, al-Qabas, is being published in London for the Kuwaiti exile community there. The newspapers are named for two major dailies in Kuwait that were raided and taken over by the invading Iraqi army.

Also, after the Iraqis began jamming frequencies used by a clandestine Kuwaiti resistance radio station operating from outside the country, the exiles here got permission from state-run Cairo Radio to begin a new "Radio Kuwait" that is soon to begin broadcasting patriotic music, news and interview programs that focus on the resistance to Iraqi occupation, Sabah said.

"We have brought the whole world with us in our struggle against Iraq. We must continue to take our problem to the people of the world until this man {Iraqi President Saddam Hussein} is removed from our midst," he said.

Sabah was speaking in a 26th-floor luxury hotel suite overlooking the Nile River, as white-robed Kuwaitis huddled around television sets watching Cable News Network picked up by their own rooftop satellite dish.

An estimated 10,000 Kuwaitis have settled in Cairo since the invasion, Sabah said. Most were on vacation in Switzerland, France and elsewhere in Europe when Iraq attacked. August is a time when prosperous Kuwaitis traditionally move to cooler climates abroad.

"They didn't have that much money with them, and their credit cards and bank accounts were frozen," said Sabah, explaining that the credit cards normally are issued by banks in Kuwait City. He added: "Nobody was thinking that this could happen. The {Kuwaiti} dinar was one of the strongest currencies in the world, so why would they take a lot of money with them?"

With the exiles' access to money relatively limited, many of those who were in Europe began gravitating to Cairo, largely because they can live more cheaply here, Sabah said.

Sabah said the deposed emir, Sheik Jabir Ahmed Sabah, issued orders from Saudi Arabia for emissaries to go to where the exiled Kuwaitis were vacationing and ensure that they had places to live and enough money to sustain themselves.

"They don't have a lot of money now, so they came to Egypt because it's cheaper. The Egyptians have given us many hotel rooms and flats free. They are being very generous," said Sabah, who, like his father, was active in international sports organizations before leaving Kuwait.

Sabah said Cairo also has become a staging point for Kuwaitis who want to go to Saudi Arabia, either simply to be closer to their occupied homeland or to volunteer for a resistance army that they hope will drive the Iraqi soldiers out.

Sabah said he has been in contact with members of resistance forces inside Kuwait, who, he said, have told him they are still sporadically fighting the occupation forces. Asked how he was in touch with Kuwait's telephones cut, Sabah replied: "We have our ways. We are Bedouins, don't worry. We know our land better than anybody."

Abdel Rahman Awadi, the former minister of state for cabinet affairs, has been working the Cairo diplomatic circuit to drum up support for Kuwaitis. Awadi met Wednesday with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Sabah said.

"If the international community stays with us, it gives us a good chance. Someday we will go back, and there will be a good future for us. But we must stay together," he said.

At the Kuwaiti Embassy in Cairo's affluent Dokki district, hundreds of Egyptians have gathered some mornings to demonstrate their support for the Kuwaitis, either by offering their homes to exiles or by trying to join the resistance army that for now, at least, is little more than a symbolic force.

A military attache at the embassy refused to say how many volunteers had signed up for the force or what would be done with them, but he said they are prepared to go to Saudi Arabia any time to join an assault on Iraqi positions along the border.

The embassy has been turned into a refugee processing center, with temporary offices designated for issuing airline tickets, pocket money and lodging assignments.

Cultural Secretary Abdullah Moharib said the exiled Kuwaiti government was spending about $100,000 a day to support the exiles here.

In addition, the Arabian-African Bank has advanced many refugees a maximum of $750 against Visa credit cards issued on accounts outside Kuwait, a relatively small sum for well-to-do families accustomed to a more generous living allowance.

Cairo newspapers each day publish telephone numbers of Egyptians offering to share their apartments with exiled Kuwaitis, and some Egyptian doctors reportedly have offered their services at no charge.

About 125,000 Egyptians work as contract laborers in Kuwait, and nearly a million more work in Iraq -- many of whom have brought home stories of mistreatment and oppression by a brutal Iraqi regime.

On Wednesday, in Ismailiya, thousands of Egyptians, Kuwaitis and Saudi Arabians marched to the Suez Canal to cheer foreign warships on their way to the Persian Gulf. Egypt was the first Arab country to commit troops to a joint Arab force to protect Saudi Arabia and other gulf states against Iraqi attack.

"There is no love for Iraq from the Egyptians. They are being very generous to us at this difficult time in our lives," said Sabah.