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
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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.


Israeli Arab parties back Gantz for PM in break with precedent

Updated 22 September 2019
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Israeli Arab parties back Gantz for PM in break with precedent

  • Ayman Odeh published an opinion piece speaking of the move
  • It was the first such endorsement by Arab parties since 1992

JERUSALEM: Israeli Arab political parties are backing ex-military chief Benny Gantz as the country’s next prime minister in a break with precedent, they announced Sunday.
The mainly Arab Joint List alliance made the announcement at roughly the same time as its leader, Ayman Odeh, published an opinion piece on the New York Times website speaking of the move.
It was the first such endorsement by Arab parties since 1992.