Egypt cracks down on ‘life-threatening’ kite-flying Jul 13, 2020 0 47 12345 DPACairoEgypt has launched a crackdown to arrest makers and flyers of kites after the pastime reportedly caused accidents among young people and kids.Flying kites has gained more popularity in densely populated urban centres 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. Kite-making has turned into a small business for some people without jobs and those who lost their jobs due to the coronavirus lockdown.Besides safety, another reason for the clampdown has been offered: national security. Pages 123 RELATED ARTICLES Pro-Haftar forces say will maintain Libya oil blockade Jul 13, 2020 0 385 Iran’s Khamenei urges fight against ‘tragic’ virus resurgence Jul 13, 2020 0 432 Palestinian Authority orders nightly, weekend coronavirus curfew Jul 13, 2020 0 388 Iran says misaligned radar led to Ukrainian jet downing AFP Tehran Iran said that the misalignment of an air defence unit’s radar system was the key “human error” that led to the accidental downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane in January. “A failure occurred due to a human .. Coronavirus claims over 20,000 lives across Mideast Paris The novel coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 20,000 people across the Middle East, half of them in Iran, according to an AFP tally at 1000 GMT Sunday based on official tolls. But despite having 907,736 .. Jordan king says virus ‘under control’ AFP Amman Jordan’s King Abdullah II said Sunday that his country had successfully brought the novel coronavirus “under control” and that it was time to focus on restarting the economy. “We have successfully dealt with .. Four civilians killed in Mali unrest: Hospital Bamako Four people, including two teenagers, were killed in violence that raged in the Malian capital Bamako on Saturday and through the night, a hospital official said. Clashes have erupted in Bamako as demonstrators .. Iranian petrochemical plant rocked by explosion, fire Tehran A petrochemical complex in south-western Iran exploded and erupted into flames on Sunday, the country’s ISNA news agency reported. The blaze occurred at the Shahid Tondgooyan plant in the city of Mahshahr. The ..