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Fierce snowstorm lashes Israel, cuts off access to cities, towns

Published on Dec 14, 2013 4:57 PM
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A woman swims in the pool at the David Citadel Hotel during a snowstorm in Jerusalem, on Friday, Dec 13, 2013. Israel was on Saturday, Dec 14, 2013, lashed by a fierce winter storm, with access to cities and towns on high ground cut off by another day of heavy snowfall. -- PHOTO: POOL REUTERS

JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israel was on Saturday lashed by a fierce winter storm, with access to cities and towns on high ground cut off by another day of heavy snowfall.

A meteorologist told army radio the country was experiencing its heaviest snow since 1879, but also predicted the storm would end by nightfall.

An Israel Electric Corporation official told the broadcaster that some 29,000 households nationwide were without electricity, 13,000 of them in Jerusalem.

Police said 45 towns and villages in the north were cut off because of the snow, and a police Twitter feed said 200 motorists were rescued overnight.

 
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