Perhaps this is a little help from our friends upstairs to ward off more war?-A.M.

Unusual cold and precipitation affected Jerusalem and surrounding areas



Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013

The Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock, two of the holiest sites for Jews and Muslims, are shown covered in snow in Jerusalem, Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)

A powerful winter storm left Jerusalem covered in snow on Friday, forcing police to block access to and from the city as a cold snap drove some Israelis to seek treatment from emergency medics.

Rare snow also fell in Cairo’s suburbs and the port city of Alexandria while a blanket of white covered St. Catherine’s Monastery on Mount Sinai.

In Syria’s contested northern city of Aleppo, soldiers and rebels took a break from fighting as a thick layer of snow blanketed deserted streets, cars and buildings and temperatures hovered around zero.

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