11 cafés closed in Zamalek over license, traffic issues
A man sits in a public cafe near Town House Gallery in central Cairo, ahead of the January 25th uprising anniversary in Cairo, Egypt, January 18, 2016. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih

CAIRO: Cairo governorate continues its crackdowns on violating coffee shops, closing 11 in Zamalek district in a bid to reduce traffic congestion, Youm7 reported Sunday.

The campaign covered cafes at streets of Mohamed Mazhar, El-Sayed Bakry, Ahmed Heshmat, Bahgat Ali and Abu el-Feda in the affluent district of Zamalek, western Cairo.

Police reports were filed against the closed cafés over violating environmental standards and causing traffic jams.

Dozens of nightclubs were closed over the past months for license-related violations in campaigns on restaurants that do not follow safety regulations, especially after 17 people were killed in a fire inside an underground restaurant.

Hundreds of street vendors occupying sidewalks and near metro stations in downtown Cairo were displaced and relocated in other places per a strategy by the government to restore order.

The relocation has started in Cairo in August 2014; however the displaced vendors complained the location of the new venue is far from the pedestrian flow.

One year later, Giza governorate followed Cairo’s footsteps in relocating street vendors.

The move is a governmental bid to end traffic congestion that prevails in Cairo streets.

 Additional reporting by Maged Tamraz.

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