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Locust reached Gaza Strip, not dangerous: Hamas


09:23, March 05, 2013

GAZA, March 4 (Xinhua) -- The government of Islamic Hamas movement said Monday that the swarms of locust which stormed the Gaza Strip earlier Monday evening were not big and not dangerous or harmful.

The swarms of locust were very little and only reached the fields in some parts of southern Gaza Strip, Saleh Bakheet, director general of plant protection department in the ministry of agriculture, said in a press statement.

He said the swarms of locust came from Egypt and crossed into the southern area of the Gaza Strip, adding that little swarms had reached the farms and green fields of Abassan village, east of the city of Khan Younis.

"It represents no kind of danger or harms to people and plants, " Bakheet said, adding that "the situation is under full control and protection of the ministry of agriculture."

Farmers said that 10 locusts were founded in each dunum (1,000 square meters). Officials of the agriculture ministry said it would be dangerous if huge swarms of locust cover an area of 30 dunums (30,000 square meters).

Meanwhile, Israeli Radio reported that the swarms of locust covered various green fields and areas in southern Israel, mainly near the borders between Israel and Egypt.

The radio said that farmers in the area said swarms of locust were not that huge and do not represent any danger to their farms. However, they expressed concerns that within the coming few days, swarms of locust would increase.

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