Camel market near Cairo
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PHOTOS: Camel market in Birqash, Egypt

Camel market near Cairo
Men attend a camel auction at the famous Birqash market about 22 miles northwest of Cairo, the Egyptian capital. As the price of beef and mutton soar, more Egyptians are falling back on the traditional camel meat, which has also seen a rise in prices. (Khaled Desouki / AFP / Getty Images)
Camel market in Egypt
Egyptian camel traders sit on a bench at the Birqash market northeast of Cairo. Camels are getting harder to find and Sudanese and Somali herdsman are pushing up prices. For the Egyptian traders – the middlemen – it is difficult to pass the increases on to hard-pressed butchers in Cairo and across the Nile Delta. (Khaled Desouki / AFP / Getty Images)
Egypt camel market
Men load a camel onto the back of a truck at Birqash. The Egyptian government has new health regulations and stricter inspections on camels entering the country. Some wait for days and weeks at the borders, where healthy camels are exposed to sick ones. One trader said he had 30 camels die before they could reach market. (Khaled Desouki / AFP / Getty Images)
Egyptian camel market
An Egyptian boy sits next to camels at the Birqash market northeast of Cairo. Over the last year the price of camel meat has risen about 50%. (Khaled Desouki / AFP / Getty Images)