EGYPT CRACKS DOWN ON ‘LIFE-THREATENING’ KITE-FLYING

Egypt has launched a crackdown to arrest makers and flyers of kites after the pastime reportedly caused accidents among young people and kids, Omar Zoheiry wrote for Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) on Saturday, July 11, 2020.


Flying kites has gained more popularity in densely populated urban centers like Cairo since the government imposed a lockdown in March to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Even after the lockdown was lifted and many daily routines resumed, kite flying has remained a popular activity this summer for Egyptians.

The Interior Ministry said in a statement on Sunday that 16 people, apparently kite sellers, were arrested in Cairo. They were in possession of 70 kites. It added that Cairo security authorities launched a campaign that targeted the makers, sellers and flyers of the kites due to "the danger they pose to the lives of kids and youths."

Authorities in other provinces have also launched crackdowns. The Alexandria governor has imposed financial fines on flying kites, for example. Several accidents that involve kids and young men falling off rooftops while having fun with kites were recently reported. Kites have also been stuck in electricity towers, endangering the lives of the flyers.

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