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Elite locust figures have been dispatched to deal with a Biblical plague in Africa – as the fearsome insects prepare for another feeding frenzy.
Israel has deployed Yoav Mortro, the country’s top locust expert, and several others to deal with the swarm in Ethiopia.
They will be targeting the desert locust, which has wreaked havoc on vegetation, crops, pasture and fodder.
Mr Mortro and his locust crack squad will use drones to monitor the insects and spray them with chemicals at night while they’re static, The Times reports.
He said: “At night they hardly move and that is our time. We will use their weak point for our advantage in this combat against the locust. It’s like a war.”
The team will also train more than 200 Ethiopians to utilise their technology in the fight against the locusts.
Ethiopia has already lost three million acres of pastures and crops this year, and rain has increased the insects’ numbers by 8,000.
Thousands of Ethiopians have also been displaced by an outbreak of civil war between the government and the country’s northern Tigray region.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed started a military campaign against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) on November 4.
On Tuesday, November 24, TPLF leader Debretsion Gebremichael told the AFP News Agency: “He doesn’t understand who we are.
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“We are people of principle and ready to die in defence of our right to administer our region.”
A spokesman for the Tigray forces also said they had “completely destroyed” an army division.
However, the claim has not yet been verified amid a communications blackout in the region, The Guardian reports.
More than 40,000 refugees have already crossed into Sudan and the army has threatened a “no mercy” tank assault on TPLF leaders.
By the middle of 2020, a million people were already in need of emergency food assistance in Ethiopia.
- In the News
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