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Snow storm, low temperatures bring misery to Syrian refugees
Friday, December 13th, 2013

The winter storm that hit the Middle East may have brought surprise, beauty and joy to Israelis and Egyptians — the latter seeing snow for the first time in years

For Syrian refugees living in tents, however, it has brought cold and misery. The United Nations has warned that hundreds of thousands of refugees are now at risk due to the storm, which heralded blizzards and freezing rain. 

Around 838,000 of the Syrians who fled the civil war now live in refugee camps in Lebanon, where the only thing standing between them and the elements is a thin plastic tent

In Jordan, another 120,000 refugees tried to reinforce their tents after the winds toppled 10 tents on Thursday. Several parts of the Zaatari refugee camp were flooded due to the storm, and some refugees had to be evacuated to safer parts of the camp

The severe weather has also delayed aid shipments from the UN that were meant to fly from Iraq to Syria.

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A Syrian child refugee, wearing sandals, poses in the snow in front of her makeshift home on December 8, 2013 in Ankara. The refugees in Turkey, faced further misery due to increasing shortages of supplies, low temperatures, and snowfall.

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A Syrian man walks in the snow on December 12, 2013 in Istanbul. A bruising winter storm brought severe weather to the Middle East today, forcing the closure of roads and schools and blanketing already miserable Syrian refugee camps with snow.

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Syrian refugees Zeyneb (R) and her brother Ali beg for money on December 12, 2013 in Istanbul.

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A general view of a refugee camp in the town of Arsal in the Lebanese Bekaa valley on December 13, 2013. Thousands of Syrian refugees living in makeshift camps in Lebanon were weathered a winter storm that brought snow, rain and freezing temperatures to the country.

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Syrian children shovel snow in a refugee camp in the town of Arsal in the Lebanese Bekaa valley on December 13, 2013.

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A Syrian child stands in the snow in a refugee camp in the town of Arsal in the Lebanese Bekaa valley on December 13, 2013.

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Syrian children stand in the snow in a refugee camp in the town of Arsal in the Lebanese Bekaa valley on December 13, 2013.

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