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Illicit Mining at Hormuz Island Put on Hold

Illicit Mining at Hormuz Island Put on Hold Illicit Mining at Hormuz Island Put on Hold

Authorities in the southern province of Hormozgan moved to stop unauthorized mining activity in Hormuz Island that had sparked a firestorm of protest on social media.
The island is a popular tourist destination in the Strait of Hormuz famed for its ochre, a red-colored earth pigment that has made miles of land look majestic.
“Regrettably, some people have used the [recent] holiday occasion to conduct mining at Hormuz Island’s mountains without a permit from Hormozagan’s Industries, Mining and Trade Organization and its Natural Resources and Watershed Management office,” the latter’s director , Omid Zakeri, said.

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