Quantcast

Jewish Journal

Locust swarm crosses from Egypt into Israel

JTA

March 4, 2013 | 3:27 pm

A swarm of locusts fly near Kmehin in Israel's Negev desert on March 5. Photo by Amir Cohen/Reuters

A swarm of locusts fly near Kmehin in Israel's Negev desert on March 5. Photo by Amir Cohen/Reuters

A swarm of locusts that descended on Egypt has begun to cross into southern Israel.

A small swarm of the destructive cousin to the grasshopper was discovered Monday in the Ramat Hanegev region near the border with Egypt. They are expected to be exterminated Monday night or early Tuesday morning, Ynet reported.

A black cloud of more than 30 million locusts swarmed over parts of Egypt including Cairo and Giza beginning on Saturday, causing millions of dollars worth of damage, according to Egyptian Agricultural Minister Salah Abad Almoman.

A hotline was set up in Israel for farmers to call if they see signs of locust infestation.

The locust attack comes some three weeks before the start of Passover, which recalls a destructive plague of locusts, one of the 10 plagues that the Bible says was sent by God in order to free the Jewish slaves.

Tracker Pixel for Entry

COMMENTS

We welcome your feedback.

Privacy Policy
Your information will not be shared or sold without your consent. Get all the details.

Terms of Service
JewishJournal.com has rules for its commenting community.Get all the details.

Publication
JewishJournal.com reserves the right to use your comment in our weekly print publication.

ADVERTISEMENT
PUT YOUR AD HERE