Winter storm continues to cause havoc in Israel and Gaza

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The sun has won out in Jerusalem this Sunday after three days of freezing conditions across in Israel and neighbouring countries because of winter storm ‘Alexa’.

Travel has been hazardous because of a thick layer of snow and ice that has blanketed the city. The unusual weather left thousands of Israelis without power and many roads have been impassable, forcing the army to rescue trapped motorists on major roads.

On Saturday, the main motorways into and out of Jerusalem have remained closed with the train being the only way of leaving the city.

The West Bank has also been hit hard by the below freezing temperatures.

The problem wasn’t the snow on the Mediterranean coast but instead four days of torrential rain.

The flooding has been severe. Water have risen as high as two metres, which has trapped many residents in their homes.

Over 4,000 people have been evacuated from northern Gaza in what the UN has called a “disaster area”.

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