A mighty sandstorm has engulfed the Middle East in a thick yellow powder, killing two in Lebanon and hospitalizing hundreds.
Clouds of dust have obstructed visibility and caused respiratory problems for those living in Israel, Palestine, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Cyrus. The one positive to the deadly storm was the dust was so severe that the Syrian government was forced to halt airstrikes on civilian areas.
Lebanon’s Health Ministry said two people have died and 750 have been hospitalized due to breathing difficulties.
One of the dead was a 70-year-old man who was found suffocating on his rooftop, the other an asthmatic Syrian woman, according to the Lebanese Ministry of Information.
People were advised to stay indoors, especially pregnant women and elderly, and only to go outside with a face mask on.
The storm is expected to end Thursday, according to the Meteorology Department at Beirut International Airport.