A rabbi has claimed that rampaging monkeys in Thailand are a sign of biblical plague.

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The animals have recently been pictured roaming the streets of the Asian country as people are forced to stay indoors due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Rabbi Yosef Mizrahi, from Israel, has claimed that the animals are now ''viciously'' attacking locals because they demand their food from them.

He referred to the biblical passage 7:22 in Deuteronomy 7, which states: ''Hashem your God will dislodge those peoples before you little by little; you will not be able to put an end to them at once, else the wild beasts would multiply to your hurt.''

Earlier this month, hundreds of monkeys were photographed fighting over a single banana that had been left in the street.

Onlooker Sasaluk Rattanchai said: ''They looked more like wild dogs than monkeys. They went crazy for the single piece of food. I've never seen them this aggressive.''