A third swarm of thousands of locusts crossed into Israel from Egypt.
Four crop-dusting planes on Monday sprayed the area of the Ramat HaNegev Regional Council, home to many farming communities, where the insects have invaded.
The swarm of about 30 million locusts first appeared near Cairo on March 2 and caused millions of dollars worth of crop damage in Egypt.
The locust attack comes in the weeks before the start of Passover, which recalls a destructive plague of locusts that the Bible says was sent by God to help free the Jewish slaves.
The locusts last week were concentrated in areas of southern Israel near the border, but sightings were reported throughout the country, including Tel Aviv and the Carmel region of northern Israel.
A black cloud of more than 30 million locusts – some estimates ranged as high as 120 million – swarmed over parts of Egypt beginning on Saturday.
Unlike other insects, some varieties of locust are widely considered kosher, and on Wedesday Jerusalem chef Moshe Basson of the restaurant Eucalyptus went on an Israeli morning news show to demonstrate some recipes for serving up the critters, Ha'aretz reported.
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