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Egypt's trees threatened by urbanization

Egypt, which has one of the most alarming levels of pollution in the Middle East, needs to preserve its green spaces, but government bodies shirk responsibility.

CAIRO — The cutting down of trees throughout Egypt to make way for new urban projects has angered the public and led members of parliament to call for new measures to protect Egypt’s trees. 

Parliament member Anisa Hassouna called on the government Oct. 17, particularly the Ministry of Environment, to prevent what she called the massacre of trees on Egypt’s streets. “It seems that the government doesn’t like fresh air,” she was quoted by the local media as saying.

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