Snow in the Middle East: Egypt and Israel in awe and shock

First snow in Cairo in over a century. Could there be a white New Year in Egypt this year?

By Sharron Livingston on 15 December 2013 in News

Domes and minarets were painted white by the snow last Friday as a rare storm swept across the Middle East. For many it was the first time they had ever seen snow.

Throughout Israel and Egypt, there was both awe and shock as almost three feet of snow descended upon their land closing roads in Jerusalem while olive groves were turned white in the West Bank.

The last time they saw snow in Cairo was more than 100 years ago and the city barely averages an inch of rain each year. It was a natural event that for some was so awesome that it prompted one local to describe it as "a gift from God".

Camel in the snow (c) Saleh Mousa via @belharesya on Twitter

Photo by Saleh Mousa via @belharesya on Twitter

Jerusalem under snow - photo 1 (c) Ben Julius
Jerusalem under snow - photo 2 (c) Ben Julius
Jerusalem under snow - photo 3 (c) Ben Julius

Photos of Jerusalem under snow by Lior Zach, Tourist Israel

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