Camel Merchants Threaten Cairo Siege (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 03/29/12)
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Camel merchants in Egypt have threatened to besiege the Agriculture
Ministry and other government buildings in Cairo with their animals
if a temporary ban on their trade is not lifted.
"This ban has harmed the livelihood of thousands of people working in
the camel trade, mainly in the provinces of the Red Sea and Aswan,"
Hassan Hafez, who heads an association of camel traders, told Gulf
Earlier this month, Egypt´s agriculture minister imposed a ban on the
trade in camels across the country after a massive outbreak of the
foot-and-mouth disease in Egypt. Thousands of cattle have died from
the disease, according to veterinary authorities.
However, camel breeders and merchants say that the ban will affect
around 6,000 camels supplied to different areas of the country per
The ban was imposed amid rising prices on camels imported from
Somalia and Sudan, which accounts for roughly a quarter of a billion
dollars in annual trade - and rising meat costs in Egypt.
Camels, colloquially known as "The Ship of the Desert," are important
to many African diets and account for 40 percent of Egypt´s local
Since former President Hosni Mubarak´s ouster in February 2011, Egypt
has been gripped by a series of protests and labor strikes aimed at
forcing higher wages and government concessions. (IsraelNationalNews
© 2012 03/29/12)
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