A large dust storm has hit western parts of the Middle East, putting dozens of people in hospital and leading to public health warnings.After hitting parts of Syria on Monday, the dust spread to larger areas of the country on Tuesday morning.
Parts of Lebanon, Israel, Turkey and Cyprus were also affected. Lebanon's state news agency said two people died - one an elderly man found on a roof.
Syrian media said the weather stopped fighting in Hama and Idlib provinces.
The pro-government al-Watan newspaper said (in Arabic) that government helicopters were prevented from flying because of the dust.
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
sand storm pacifies Middle East
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