A heavy sandstorm sweeps across parts of the Middle East, hospitalizing hundreds in Lebanon and disrupting the fighting in neighboring Syria. Mana Rabiee reports.
The clouds of dust engulfed Cypress, Lebanon, Israel and Jordan ... ... the sandstorm so vast in its sweep that it even disrupted the fighting in neighboring Syria. In Jordan, combined with searing heat it forced many people indoors. And in Lebanon, hundreds were hospitalized with breathing problems, with at least two people reported killed. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) LEBANESE CITIZEN, RIMA MANSOUR, SAYING: "The weather is so hard to face with the dust and humidity. I am obliged to go out to work but I am suffocating, I would have definitely stayed inside in the air conditioned room if I had the choice." But among the most serious hardships were felt in Syria... where social media websites hosted scores of video showing the veil of sand enveloping refugee camps and war-torm cities like Homs. Lebanon's weather service says the storm will continue into Wednesday. But in Cypress, residents may have to wait until Thursday before the dust starts to dissipate... and even longer, officials predict, before the air returns to normal.