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Last Updated: Monday November 22 2004 17:51 GMT

Locust swarms strike Middle East

Locust
Locusts are causing havoc in a new location - Israel.

After swarming across several countries, millions of the creatures have now arrived in the Middle East.

The town of Eilat - popular with British tourists - was badly affected, with thousands of the dead insects piling up in swimming pools.

The creatures will eat almost anything and have devoured loads of crops in the past, but Israeli officials say they are not expecting major damage.

They have taken measures to protect their crops.

Ravage

It's thought the creatures are next heading to Saudi Arabia and Sudan.

They have already ravaged Libya, Cyprus, Mali and Egypt among other countries.



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