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March 5 2013

Swarming Locusts Descend on Egypt

They blew into Cairo over the weekend, riding winds from the south. Swarms of noisy desert locusts disrupted traffic, buzzed Cairo Stadium, crawled over golf courses, and even landed at the airport.

"Ancient Egyptian plagues!" one eyewitness joked.

Mostly a nuisance to city dwellers, the swarms were just passing through on their spring migration, a spokesman from the Ministry of Agriculture said. He urged Cairo residents not to set tires on fire in an effort to disperse the insects. "It will not drive them away, but will only cause damage," he warned.

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