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Egyptian police ban flying of kites over 'national security' concerns

Jul 12, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
Egyptian police have seized kites from people flying them after a ban by a northern governorate for "Safety" reasons and a lawmaker's warning they posed a "National security threat".

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.

Birds fly near kites flying in the Saft el-Laban district of the Egyptian city of Giza, near the capital Cairo.