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PHOTO GALLERY: Major sandstorm sweeps across the Middle East, killing two in Lebanon


Palestine
The Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound is seen during a sandstorm in Jerusalem's Old City,Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015 (AP)
Palestine
A Palestinian woman sits at her house, that witnesses said was damaged by Israeli shelling during a 50-day war in 2014 summer, during a sandstorm in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip September 8, 2015 (Reuters)
Palestine
Palestinian workers remove the debris of a house, that witnesses said was destroyed by Israeli shelling during a 50-day war in 2014 summer, during a sandstorm in Gaza September 8, 2015 (Reuters)
Syria
A man rides a bicycle through a sandstorm in Homs, Syria September 7, 2015 (Reuters)
Syria
A tourist wearing a face mask walks at the Amman Citadel, during a sandstorm in downtown Amman, Jordan, September 8, 2015 (Reuters)
Syria
Damaged buildings are pictured during a sandstorm in the Douma neighbourhood of Damascus, Syria September 7, 2015 (Reuters)
Syria
In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian citizens walk in a street, as a sandstorm shrouds Damascus, Syria, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015 (Reuters)
Syria
In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian cars drive on a highway, as a sandstorm shrouds Damascus, Syria, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015 (AP)
Egypt
A general view shows buildings during a sandstorm in the city of Cairo, Egypt, September 8, 2015 (Reuters)
Lebanon
A pigeon sits on a wire during a sandstorm in Beirut, Lebanon September 8, 2015 (Reuters)
Lebanon
A sandstorm shrouds the capital city of Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015 (AP)
Lebanon
Lebanese anglers cast fishing poles from a rocky coastal area along the Beirut coastline during a sandstorm in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015 (AP)
Lebanon
Lebanese citizens, cover their face with masks during a sandstorm, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015 (AP)
Lebanon
A Syrian refugee boy plays outside his family tent, during a sandstorm, in a refugee camp in the town of Bar Elias, in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015 (AP)
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A heavy sandstorm swept across parts of the Middle East on Tuesday, killing two people and hospitalising hundreds in Lebanon and disrupting fighting and air strikes in neighbouring Syria.

Clouds of dust also engulfed Palestine, Egypt, Jordan and Cyprus where aircraft were diverted to Paphos from Larnaca airport as visibility fell to 500 metres. 

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