Winter storm hits large part of the Middle East

Winter storm hits large part of the Middle East

Large parts of Israel and Jordan have been left blanketed in snow in the worst winter storms to hit the Middle East in a decade.

Transport was brought to a standstill in Jerusalem yesterday due to heavy snow.

Five French tourists were injured when their minibus overturned on snow-covered mountain roads in the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt.

Many schools are shut and thousands of homes are without power across Lebanon, Jordan and Israel.

Two weather-related deaths were reported in Lebanon including that of a baby swept away in a flash-flood.

Another four people died in the West Bank which has also suffered severe flooding.

Police in Jordan said a blizzard had blocked most roads in the capital Amman and other areas.

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