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Egypt Grounds Kites for Safety of Citizens

Egypt Grounds Kites for Safety of Citizens

Saturday, 11 July, 2020 - 17:15
Egyptian police have seized kites from people flying them after a ban by a northern governorate for safety reasons. (AFP)
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Egyptian police have seized kites from people flying them after a ban by a northern governorate for "safety" reasons.


Police seized 369 kites in Cairo on Friday, Al-Ahram reported, while Akhbar Al-Youm, another state newspaper, said police confiscated 99 kites and fined five people in the northern region of Alexandria.


The ban was brought in "to ensure the safety of citizens after a number of accidents" involving kites, Alexandria's governorate said this week on its Facebook page.


Fines imposed for kite-flying in the Mediterranean city can reach up to 1,000 pounds (about $60).


Egypt's skies have been filled with thousands of colorful paper kites flown by youths from rooftops and on corniches, as the hobby took off during night-time curfews to limit the spread of coronavirus.


A three-month curfew was lifted in June, even as cases of COVID-19 in Egypt continue to rise, with over 80,000 declared infections and nearly 4,000 deaths to date.


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