Snow brings relief to drought-hit Syria / PHOTO

Snow blanketed the streets of Damascus for the first time this winter in Syria, bringing some relief from a drought which has gripped the country for the past four years.

Snow brings relief to drought-hit Syria / PHOTO

Snow blanketed the streets of Damascus for the first time this winter in Syria, bringing some relief from a drought which has gripped the country for the past four years.

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(People use umbrellas during snow falls in Damascus city.)

Schools sent students home early and children ventured outside to play in the streets.

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(Snow falls on Damascus city.)

Heavy rain and strong winds battered cities along the Mediterranean coast. Syrian authorities closed their main port of Tartous, while 4-meter (12-foot) waves forced Egypt to shut down the port of Alexandria — the country's largest — as well as another in Nuweiba.

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(The snow-covered Mount Qassioun is seen overlooking Damascus city.)

The UN estimates drought has affected around 1.3 million Syrians, 800,000 of them severely, in four consecutive droughts since 2006.

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(Traffic move on a street during snow falls in Damascus city.)


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