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Iraq: Don’t Eat The Fish

by | 11th, July 2007

WHAT did the fish used to eat?

BAGHDAD – River fish are off the menu in Baghdad.

Dead bodies frequently pulled from the River Tigris have dulled the Iraqi capital’s appetite for masqouf, its popular dish of grilled carp, after it was reported that clerics had warned that the fish dined on rotting corpses.

“They spread rumors about the fish, that they eat the bodies of drowned people, but this is just a rumor,” said fisherman Hussein Ahmed, 62, after setting his nets within sight of the heavily fortified Green Zone compound on the banks of the Tigris.

Scores of corpses turn up every week in Baghdad, victims of unrelenting violence between majority Shiites and minority Sunni Arabs.

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