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The Middle East attempts to build snowmen (PHOTOS)

Countries across the Middle East struggle with a rare snowfall, and their residents struggle to make snowmen.

It has snowed in Cairo for the first time in a century. The streets are empty. But the snowmen have risen.

In Israel too it snowed, which happens so infrequently that even a few centimeters brought forth the aid of the Israeli Defence Forces. Malls, supermarkets, and the main highway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv are all closed. There have been electrical outages. Here, too, the snowmen have risen.

In Jordan, Lebanon and Syria — which have long been home to small populations of snowmen — have seen unprecedented activity in recent days.

Jerusalem


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Israelis build, and hug, a snowman in Jerusalem.

 

Amman, Jordan


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A Jordanian family makes a "snowman" after a storm in Amman on Dec. 12, 2013.

 

Baaloul, Lebanon


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These young Syrian refugees are making the best of a very desperate situation.

 

Old City, Jerusalem


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Palestinians pose for a photograph next to a snowman in front of the Dome of the Rock at the Al-Aqsa mosque in the Old City of Jerusalem on Dec. 13, 2013.

 

Jerusalem


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Even the ultra orthodox are getting into the spirit.

 

Cairo, Egypt

 

Jerusalem

We're not sure what to make of this one.

 

Jerusalem


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A snowman, with a beret of course, in Jerusalem.

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