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Shisha with a gold fish sparks anger among Egyptian internet users

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Egyptians did not react well to a new Shisha containing a living “golden fish” inside its water basin, offered at a coffee shop in Cairo.

Viral posts on the Internet this week showed the water pipe containing a small fish trapped inside its narrow glass basin.

Social media users in Egypt strongly rejected the new phenomenon, describing the act as “inhumane” and considered it “animal abuse.”

They also called on the Ministry of Health to intervene immediately and have demanded the coffee shop’s closure.

Khaled Shaker, a visitor of the coffee shop, told Youm7 Newspaper that workers place the fish inside the Shisha before consumers begin smoking, after a few puffs, the fish eventually dies, he added.

Shaker expressed his deep displeasure and left the place immediately, according to the newspaper.

Shishas or Hookahs are multi stemmed structure that allow the smoking of flavored tobacco, whose vapor or smoke is passed through a water basin before inhalation.