Winter storm pummels Mideast, adding to refugee misery
BEIRUT (AFP) - A bruising winter storm brought severe weather to the Middle East on Thursday, forcing the closure of roads and schools and blanketing already miserable Syrian refugee camps with snow and ice.
In tent camps across Lebanon, thousands of Syrian refugees huddled on muddy floors under plastic sheeting that provided little relief from the icy winds.
"I hate the cold," said 13-year-old Sakr in a camp in Saadnayel, in the mountains outside Beirut, where children, many without hats or gloves, sneezed and rubbed their hands together.
"When it snows, the meltwater becomes mud inside the tents, which collapse on our heads because of the weight of snow."