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Snowstorms in the Middle East

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

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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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