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A Syrian refugee child shovels snow outside a tent in Aarsal town in Lebanon's eastern Bekaa

A Syrian refugee child shovels snow outside a tent in Aarsal town in Lebanon's eastern Bekaa December 13, 2013. A powerful winter storm sweeping the eastern Mediterranean this week is causing mayhem across the region. The storm, named Alexa, is expected to last until Saturday, bringing more snow, rain and freezing temperatures to large swathes of Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories. The bad weather, which began on Wednesday, is taking a disproportionate toll on the 2.2 million refugees living outside Syria and the 6.5 million people displaced within the country. REUTERS/Ahmad Shalha (LEBANON - Tags: ENVIRONMENT)

Snowstorms in the Middle East

A fierce winter storm shut down much of the Middle East Friday, burying Jerusalem in snow, flooding parts of Gaza and bringing frigid, wet weather to war-ravaged Syria.

The hilltop city of Jerusalem was paralysed by its fiercest snowstorm in years, with its mayor calling out the army to help stranded motorists and authorities urging residents to stay indoors. (AFP)


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