PA to close all West Bank schools Thursday due to storm
Published Wednesday 11/12/2013 (updated) 12/12/2013 17:14
JENIN (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority Ministry of Education will close all schools in the West Bank on Thursday due to adverse weather conditions, an official said.
Undersecretary of the ministry of education, Muhammad Abu Zeid, told Ma'an that all schools will close Thursday after partial closures on Wednesday due to heavy rain.
"Palestinian weather forecasters expect weather conditions to worsen Thursday and so the ministry decided to close schools so as to protect our pupils," Abu Zeid said.
Snow is expected in areas 800 meters above Sea Level.
Police and civil defense services, as well as municipalities and the ministries of agriculture, health and public works, announced a state of emergency ahead of the storm.
A spokesperson for the Palestinian civil defense services, Luay Bani Audah, confirmed to Ma'an that all preparations have been completed, and civil defense centers across the West Bank have received additional equipment expected to be needed for emergencies.