Rare snowfall in Jerusalem, home to Al Aqsa

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Jerusalem witnessed a rare experience as the holy sites were covered under a sheet of snow on Thursday after an overnight snowstorm, reported Al Jazeera.

The snowstorm began on Wednesday evening, the report added, leading the authorities to shut down public transportation and block the main road to Jerusalem.

Jerusalem, also called Al Quds, is a city in Western Asia, on a plateau in the Judaean Mountains between the Mediterranean and the Dead Sea. It is one of the oldest cities in the world, and is considered holy to the three major Abrahamic religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The city is also home to Al Aqsa mosque.

The snowfall, which also landed in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan, covered areas in the region it has not reached in years, disrupting traffic and postponing vaccination campaigns against COVID-19 and even exams at some universities.

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