Snakes or animal genitals? Chinese BBQ pictures spark row in coronavirus-affected Egypt

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Neighbors at a New Cairo residential compound have reported that their Chinese neighbors were grilling snakes in their garden. (Social media)
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Neighbors at a New Cairo residential compound have reported that their Chinese neighbors were grilling snakes in their garden. (Social media)
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Updated 31 March 2020

Snakes or animal genitals? Chinese BBQ pictures spark row in coronavirus-affected Egypt

  • Panicking neighbors at a Cairo compound alleged that their Chinese neighbors were grilling snakes in their garden

CAIRO: A barbecue party hosted by a group of Chinese expatriates in Cairo has sent shockwaves across Egypt after pictures of the event appeared to show snakes were the main course. 

Panicking neighbors at a New Cairo residential compound reported that their Chinese neighbors were grilling snakes in their garden, prompting police to storm their place of residence.  

The concerned onlookers saw a large quantity of long slender bodies lying on tables under the sun.

They alleged that the Chinese expats were barbecuing snakes. 

Pictures that went viral on social media showed a massive amount of food being prepared for the grilling party at the villa of a Chinese woman, despite officials instructing people to social distance to limit the spread of coronavirus, even inside compounds.  

Egyptian prosecutors ordered five Chinese nationals be detained for 24 hours over the incident, according to Al-Ahram.

But it turned out that they were cooking meals of animals' genitals, not grilled snakes, a veterinary official has clarified in TV comments.

Sayed Obaid, director of Cairo’s Veterinary Medicine, said a team of specialists was formed to examine whether the seized food was harmful, as snakes are not normally eaten in Egypt.

The villa was disinfected in coordination with security authorities and police confiscated a number of the food from the woman’s home.

 


Palestine prevents movement between governorates for 2 weeks

Updated 12 min 30 sec ago

Palestine prevents movement between governorates for 2 weeks

  • Palestinian Authority imposes night-time, weekend curfew for 14 days
  • Travel will be prohibited daily from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 am in all governorates

RAMALLAH: The Palestinian Authority on Sunday imposed a night-time and weekend curfew on the occupied West Bank for the coming 14 days to try and rein in rising coronavirus numbers.
“Travel will be prohibited daily from 8:00 p.m. (1700 GMT) to 6:00 am in all governorates,” as well as from Thursday evening to Sunday morning, Palestinian government spokesman Ibrahim Melhem told a news conference.

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