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School canceled in West Bank as storm hits
Published Monday 07/01/2013 (updated) 08/01/2013 19:53
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Palestinians try to remove a tree downed by strong winds in front of the
Dome of the Rock during stormy weather in Jerusalem's Old City
Jan. 7, 2013. (Reuters/Ammar Awad)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Schools in the West Bank will close this week due to severe weather conditions, a Palestinian education official announced on Monday.

On Tuesday, classes are cancelled for first to fourth-graders, and on Wednesday all classes are suspended, deputy of minister of education Muhmmad Abu Zaid.

School will be back in session on Saturday as exams are scheduled, he said.

The West Bank was hit by flooding and lightning overnight Sunday and Monday, causing extensive damage to residential properties. but no injuries.

Further stormy weather, and possibly snow, is forecast for later in the week.


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1 ) Sharon Klaff / uK
07/01/2013 21:08
Noah's Ark revisited?

2 ) Robert Haymond / Israel-Gush Etzion
09/01/2013 00:14
It has that feel, Sharon, as we experience this flooding weather. Many people, Arabs and Jews alike, are suffering.

3 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
09/01/2013 22:35
Suffering? Aside from the poor people caught in areas that were flooded, the rest of us Jews and Arabs are enjoying the snow and appreciating that the heavens have given us some badly needed water. The aquifers in the West Bank are being replenished, the Sea of Galilee is rising, and if Palestinians and Israelis can cut back on consumption and cooperate on water use we might be able to get ahead of the water problem.
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