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Plague of Locusts Returns to Egypt

A swarm of 30 million locusts has attacked the fields of Giza, southwest of Cairo.

The swarm of locusts near Giza.

The swarm of locusts near Giza.
Photo Credit: Alwatan News

Passover is not due for another three weeks, give or take a day, but in Egypt they’re already reporting a plague of locusts that’s hitting the agricultural farms in Giza. some 15 miles southwest of Cairo—also known for its cluster of pyramids. Can’t get much more Exodus-related than that.

According to Alwatan News, Egyptian minister of agriculture Dr. Salah Abd Al Mamon has remarked that “against our predictions, a swarm of locusts has reached the region south of Cairo. The swarm is comprised of 30 million individuals, and it is causing great damage to agriculture in the Giza area.”

Dr. Al Mamon added that “Egyptian armed forces and the border guards are attempting to fight the swarm with the means at their disposal.” He requested local residents not to launch their own attempts to stop the swarm, so as not to cause additional damage unintentionally.

“I ask the families living in the locust-plagued areas not to burn tires. This does not chase away the locusts, but only causes damage and could ignite large scale fires that would cost in lives.”

Dr. Al Mamon noted that, based on meteorological data, strong winds that are expect to start soon which will take the locusts with them towards the Red Sea and Saudi Arabia.

Rajab Bachri, head of the “War on the Locusts” department in the ministry of agriculture, said that crop dusting aircraft will soon be sent to attack the swarm.

According to Bachri, swarms of locusts pass through Egypt at this time of the year, but this one is exceptionally large.

According to Encyclopedia Smithsonian, locusts are used by various African groups consistently as food. The locust individuals are gathered in the early day before they are active, then boiled before being cleaned and salted. Even the legs are used by grinding and combining them with peanut butter and salt.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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102 Responses to “Plague of Locusts Returns to Egypt”

  1. Howard Hyman says:

    Obama the Devil is one of those plagues!

  2. =
    A couple of weeks before Passover ! But wait ! a group opposed to Egypt Muslim Brotherhood has taken over that dam built by Russia, producing electricity to upper Egypt. Meaning on top of Sharia, another Darkness plague could be coming. Stay tuned for the ‘Sands over the Sphynx eyes’.

  3. =
    Desert Sands over my eyes, help me ! A commentary by Dr. Guy Bechor (hebrew)

    http://www.gplanet.co.il/prodetailsamewin.asp?pro_id=1978

  4. Ron Morgen says:

    Yummy

  5. Jeff Johnson says:

    Sounds like the days of moses, our GOD is still in control.

  6. could be the curse of king Tut, where they just recently found 7 coffins of King Tuts family.

  7. Hummmm sounds like something out of the Bible.

  8. Hummmm sounds like something out of the Bible.

  9. Richard Romanoff says:

    seegodtellyouhe theboss.

  10. uhhhh! did moslum brotherhood take over and is vowed to destry ISRAEL?
    U REAL INTELLECTS ARE SEEING WHAT HAPPENS WHEN GOD IS FED UP!

  11. Victoria Isbell says:

    jews have been breeding them for just such an occasion.

  12. Victoria Isbell says:

    jews have been breeding them for just such an occasion.

  13. Martin Tyler says:

    These are surely the last days, Jesus is coming soon!

  14. Martin Tyler says:

    These are surely the last days, Jesus is coming soon!

  15. Martin Tyler says:

    These are surely the last days, Jesus is coming soon!

  16. Anonymous says:

    Locusts……..Burp!

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    The end of days!

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