Egyptian Red Sea province to ban single use plastics

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In this June 8, 2018 photo, divers collect plastic and other debris during a cleanup organized by Camel Dive Club, at a dive site off the coast of the Red Sea resort of Sharm el Sheik, in Southern Sinai, Egypt. (AP)
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In this June 8, 2018 photo, divers collect plastic and other debris during a cleanup organized by Camel Dive Club, at a dive site off the coast of the Red Sea resort of Sharm el Sheik, in Southern Sinai, Egypt. (AP)
Updated 02 April 2019

Egyptian Red Sea province to ban single use plastics

  • Ahmed Abdallah, governor of Hurghada province, said late on Monday the ban will go into effect from June

CAIRO: An Egyptian official says his Red Sea province will impose a ban on disposable plastics, prohibiting everything from single use straws to plastic bags in an effort to fight pollution.
Ahmed Abdallah, governor of Hurghada province, said late on Monday the ban will go into effect from June.
He says it was proposed by the Hurghada Environmental Protection & Conservation Association to protect province's "threatened and endangered species."
The ban will apply to restaurants, supermarkets, grocery stores and pharmacies. Plastic forks and knives, cups and dishes will be among banned items.
The Red Sea resort of Hurghada, the province's capital, is a major tourist destination.
In 2017, Egypt launched an EU-funded initiative to encourage people to limit their use of plastic bags. The country produces 970,000 tons of plastic waste.


Israel strikes home of Palestinian militant commander in Gaza

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Israel strikes home of Palestinian militant commander in Gaza

  • Joint operation between the Israel army and Shin Bet domestic security service
GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: Israel’s military struck the home of a commander for Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip early Tuesday, the army and residents said, with the enclave’s health ministry reporting that two people were killed.
“A building in the Gaza Strip, in which the Palestinian Islamic Jihad senior leader Baha Abu Al-Ata stayed in, was attacked,” Israel’s military said in a statement, calling it a joint operation between the army and Israel’s Shin Bet domestic security service.
Residents reported an explosion hit Ata’s home and Gaza’s health ministry said two people were killed. The home was in the Shejayia district in the east of Gaza City.