Snow and cold hit re­gion

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SUNDAY DIGEST -

A pow­er­ful win­ter storm left Jerusalem cov­ered in snow on Fri­day, forc­ing po­lice to block ac­cess to and from the city as a cold snap drove some Is­raelis to seek treat­ment from emer­gency medics. Rare snow also fell in Cairo’s sub­urbs and the port city of Alexan­dria. In Syria’s con­tested north­ern city of Aleppo, sol­diers and rebels took a break from fight­ing as a thick layer of snow blan­keted de­serted streets, cars and build­ings, and tem­per­a­tures hov­ered around 0 C. The weather also de­layed for the sec­ond day an air­lift of ur­gently needed food aid from Er­bil, Iraq, to Qamishli in north­east­ern Syria for dis­placed fam­i­lies, ac­cord­ing to the United Na­tions’ food agency.

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