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PHOTOS: Snow blankets Bethlehem as winter weather hits region

As heavy winter weather hit areas throughout the Middle East, compounding Syrian refugee misery in Lebanon and causing flooding in Gaza and parts of Israel, snowfall in higher elevations including Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and other areas of the West Bank caused schools and businesses to close and disrupted transportation throughout the region.

Palestinian youth walk through snow falling in Aida Refugee Camp near the Israeli separation wall dividing the West Bank town of Bethlehem, December 12, 2013. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

 

(Snow falls on the streets of the West Bank town of Bethlehem where a Banksy mural decorates the wall of a local souvenir shop, December 12, 2013. photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

 

Snow covers the ground near the pedestrian checkpoint controlling access through Israeli separation wall dividing the West Bank town of Bethlehem, December 12, 2013. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

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