Sand, snow, thunderstorms wreak Mideast havoc

Published December 14th, 2010 - 13:10 GMT

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This year reports extreme weather across the globe: A storm is brewing in the Middle East, from Lebanon, Syria, Egypt and Palestine/ Israel.

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Snow covers the minaret of a mosque in Damascus as the Syrian capital was lashed by a snowstorm which disrupted traffic but brought some relief from a drought which has gripped the country for the past four years.
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Image 1 of 10:  1 / 10Snow covers the minaret of a mosque in Damascus as the Syrian capital was lashed by a snowstorm which disrupted traffic but brought some relief from a drought which has gripped the country for the past four years.

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Syrians play with snow in Damascus as the Syrian capital was lashed by a snowstorm which disrupted traffic but brought some relief from a drought which has gripped the country for the past four years.
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Image 2 of 10:  2 / 10Syrians play with snow in Damascus as the Syrian capital was lashed by a snowstorm which disrupted traffic but brought some relief from a drought which has gripped the country for the past four years.

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Cars drive amid fog covering Cairo. A sandstorm, strong winds and lashing rains swept across Egypt, closing several ports and disrupting traffic in the Suez Canal while at least three people died in a factory collapse in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, officials said.
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Image 3 of 10:  3 / 10Cars drive amid fog covering Cairo. A sandstorm, strong winds and lashing rains swept across Egypt, closing several ports and disrupting traffic in the Suez Canal while at least three people died in a factory collapse in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, officials said.

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A Lebanese forest ranger observes the sunset from the cedar trees reserve of Baruk in the Shouf mountains, southeast of Beirut, following a snow storm and cold wave which hit the east Mediterranean country after several months of drought.
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Image 4 of 10:  4 / 10A Lebanese forest ranger observes the sunset from the cedar trees reserve of Baruk in the Shouf mountains, southeast of Beirut, following a snow storm and cold wave which hit the east Mediterranean country after several months of drought.

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A Lebanese man walks on a snow-covered peak at the cedar trees reserve of Baruk southeast in the Shouf mountains, southeast of Beirut.
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Image 5 of 10:  5 / 10A Lebanese man walks on a snow-covered peak at the cedar trees reserve of Baruk southeast in the Shouf mountains, southeast of Beirut.

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Traffic moves slowly in both directions on the main highway linking Beirut to Damascus near the mountain village of Sawfar during a snow storm which hit the Mediterranean country.
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Image 6 of 10:  6 / 10Traffic moves slowly in both directions on the main highway linking Beirut to Damascus near the mountain village of Sawfar during a snow storm which hit the Mediterranean country.

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Waves smash into breakers protecting the Roman-era port of Caesarea after a massive storm battering the eastern Mediterranean destroyed the breakers threatening to wash away the historic site, Israeli officials said.
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Image 7 of 10:  7 / 10Waves smash into breakers protecting the Roman-era port of Caesarea after a massive storm battering the eastern Mediterranean destroyed the breakers threatening to wash away the historic site, Israeli officials said.

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Waves smash into breakers protecting the Roman-era port of Caesarea after a massive storm battering the eastern Mediterranean destroyed the breakers threatening to wash away the historic site, Israeli officials said.
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Image 8 of 10:  8 / 10Waves smash into breakers protecting the Roman-era port of Caesarea after a massive storm battering the eastern Mediterranean destroyed the breakers threatening to wash away the historic site, Israeli officials said.

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A picture shows a section of the Roman-era port of Caesarea after a massive storm battering the eastern Mediterranean destroyed the breakers protecting the ancient port city threatening to wash away the historic site, Israeli officials said.
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Palestinian boys jump from the top of a sand pile at the beach in Gaza City as they play outdoors during sunset, following storms and heavy rain that poured over the impoverished territory after months of drought.
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Image 10 of 10:  10 / 10Palestinian boys jump from the top of a sand pile at the beach in Gaza City as they play outdoors during sunset, following storms and heavy rain that poured over the impoverished territory after months of drought.

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Snow covers the minaret of a mosque in Damascus as the Syrian capital was lashed by a snowstorm which disrupted traffic but brought some relief from a drought which has gripped the country for the past four years.

Image 1 of 10Snow covers the minaret of a mosque in Damascus as the Syrian capital was lashed by a snowstorm which disrupted traffic but brought some relief from a drought which has gripped the country for the past four years.

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Syrians play with snow in Damascus as the Syrian capital was lashed by a snowstorm which disrupted traffic but brought some relief from a drought which has gripped the country for the past four years.

Image 2 of 10Syrians play with snow in Damascus as the Syrian capital was lashed by a snowstorm which disrupted traffic but brought some relief from a drought which has gripped the country for the past four years.

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Cars drive amid fog covering Cairo. A sandstorm, strong winds and lashing rains swept across Egypt, closing several ports and disrupting traffic in the Suez Canal while at least three people died in a factory collapse in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, officials said.

Image 3 of 10Cars drive amid fog covering Cairo. A sandstorm, strong winds and lashing rains swept across Egypt, closing several ports and disrupting traffic in the Suez Canal while at least three people died in a factory collapse in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, officials said.

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A Lebanese forest ranger observes the sunset from the cedar trees reserve of Baruk in the Shouf mountains, southeast of Beirut, following a snow storm and cold wave which hit the east Mediterranean country after several months of drought.

Image 4 of 10A Lebanese forest ranger observes the sunset from the cedar trees reserve of Baruk in the Shouf mountains, southeast of Beirut, following a snow storm and cold wave which hit the east Mediterranean country after several months of drought.

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A Lebanese man walks on a snow-covered peak at the cedar trees reserve of Baruk southeast in the Shouf mountains, southeast of Beirut.

Image 5 of 10A Lebanese man walks on a snow-covered peak at the cedar trees reserve of Baruk southeast in the Shouf mountains, southeast of Beirut.

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Traffic moves slowly in both directions on the main highway linking Beirut to Damascus near the mountain village of Sawfar during a snow storm which hit the Mediterranean country.

Image 6 of 10Traffic moves slowly in both directions on the main highway linking Beirut to Damascus near the mountain village of Sawfar during a snow storm which hit the Mediterranean country.

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Waves smash into breakers protecting the Roman-era port of Caesarea after a massive storm battering the eastern Mediterranean destroyed the breakers threatening to wash away the historic site, Israeli officials said.

Image 7 of 10Waves smash into breakers protecting the Roman-era port of Caesarea after a massive storm battering the eastern Mediterranean destroyed the breakers threatening to wash away the historic site, Israeli officials said.

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Waves smash into breakers protecting the Roman-era port of Caesarea after a massive storm battering the eastern Mediterranean destroyed the breakers threatening to wash away the historic site, Israeli officials said.

Image 8 of 10Waves smash into breakers protecting the Roman-era port of Caesarea after a massive storm battering the eastern Mediterranean destroyed the breakers threatening to wash away the historic site, Israeli officials said.

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A picture shows a section of the Roman-era port of Caesarea after a massive storm battering the eastern Mediterranean destroyed the breakers protecting the ancient port city threatening to wash away the historic site, Israeli officials said.

Image 9 of 10A picture shows a section of the Roman-era port of Caesarea after a massive storm battering the eastern Mediterranean destroyed the breakers protecting the ancient port city threatening to wash away the historic site, Israeli officials said.

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Palestinian boys jump from the top of a sand pile at the beach in Gaza City as they play outdoors during sunset, following storms and heavy rain that poured over the impoverished territory after months of drought.

Image 10 of 10Palestinian boys jump from the top of a sand pile at the beach in Gaza City as they play outdoors during sunset, following storms and heavy rain that poured over the impoverished territory after months of drought.

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