Remember the recent scenes of the Syrian rebel cutting out the heart of the enemy soldier and eating it?
We may just have had a repeat performance, albeit by Egyptians against an Israeli operative.
Mahmoud Hassib, the head of Egypt’s southern protected areas, said Saturday that local residents found the dead bird on an island in the Nile, south of the ancient city of Aswan.
In August, a local resident found the stork in Egypt’s Qena governorate, some 450 kilometers (280 miles) southeast of Cairo. Both he and police were suspicious of the European wildlife tracker found on it. Authorities later let the bird go.
However, controversy trails the bird into death. An Egyptian wildlife organization claimed on its Facebook page the bird was “eaten by local villagers.” Hassib denied that the bird had been eaten, though he didn’t know an exact cause of death.
Local villagers were reportedly heard shouting “It takes just like chicken.”
By the way, notice the name of the ancient city near where the body was found. Given the confusion about the bird’s species, it seems like an appropriate place for it to have ended up.
Murdering one of our best operatives? The Egyptians really should not have crossed that road.