Israelis Watching for Locusts From Egypt

YERUSHALAYIM (AP) -

Israel is on a locust alert as swarms of the destructive bugs descend on neighboring Egypt ahead of Pesach.

Israel’s Agriculture Ministry set up an emergency hotline Monday and is asking Israelis to be vigilant in reporting locust sightings to prevent an outbreak.

Locusts have a devastating effect on agriculture by quickly stripping crops.

Swarms of locusts have descended on Egypt, raising fears they could spread to Israel.