A sandstorm is causing travel chaos in parts of the Middle East and even affected Michelle Obama

Published November 4th, 2015 - 04:13 GMT
As the sandstorm rolls over parts of the Middle East, cities are being enveloped in a cloud of dust causing chaos to travel arrangements. (Facebook)
As the sandstorm rolls over parts of the Middle East, cities are being enveloped in a cloud of dust causing chaos to travel arrangements. (Facebook)

As another sandstorm rages through parts of the Middle East, flight cancellations are causing chaos in Israel and affecting US First Lady Michelle Obama's plans to fly to Jordan from Qatar.

The haze has led to thousands of people being stranded in Israel's resort town of Eilat as flights were postponed at least until the evening. The Magen David Adom emergency health service in Israel said in a statement that those with breathing problems should stay inside.

The cause of the extreme weather is thought to be winds coming from northern Saudi Arabia, leading to levels of air pollution being 30 times higher than normal. And while it's nothing like superstorm Cyclone Chapala tearing through Yemen, it's making for quite the monochromatic social media feed in MENA.

As per usual, many in the region have uploaded their photos to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. See some of the craziest below.

 
Kane Hippisley-Gatherum
 
 

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