Locust Swarms Plague Mecca

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Cleaning crews respond to a plague of Biblical proportions down in the land of the Quran - swarms numbering into the millions kept the site keepers of Mecca busy, reports the Times of Israel. (Twitter photo)

The Times of Israel – A massive swarm of locusts plagued Mecca, Saudi Arabia, earlier this week, prompting authorities at Islam’s holiest site to launch a cleaning operation to remove them.

Videos posted to social media showed the insects swarming around cleaners and worshipers in the city’s Grand Mosque, where millions of Muslim pilgrims congregate every year.

“Specialized teams have been directed to work in the fight to eliminate these insects,” authorities in Mecca said. “We have harnessed all efforts available to speed up the eradication of the insects in the interest of the safety and comfort of guests of God’s house,” the authorities said.

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