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Israel issues severe weather advisory as winds blow dust storm from Egypt

A Palestinian man wears a mask to protect himself from dust as he walks past the Dome of the Rock mosque in the al-Aqsa Mosque compound, in the old city of Jerusalem, during a sandstorm on September 8, 2015
Ahmad Gharabli (AFP)
Powerful storms hit Israel at year's start that led to extensive flooding in coastal and low-lying regions

The Ministry of Environmental Protection issued an air pollution warning due to a wind storm at the start of the Israeli week Sunday.

The dust storm is expected to hit most regions of the country.

The ministry recommended that children, pregnant women, the elderly, and those with lung or heart conditions refrain from engaging in outdoor physical activities.

The high air pollution is caused by a deep depression over the eastern Mediterranean, which causes the movement of dust from Egypt to Israel.

The weather advisory is only predicted to last for the day, with air quality expected to improve in northern Israel by the evening and overnight in the remaining country, including Tel Aviv.

The Meteorological Service also warns against flooding in the northern coastal plain on Monday as this week is expected to bring in more significant rainfall.

The severe weather comes as Israel has faced a serious winter with heavy rainfall, strong winds and relatively cool temperatures.

At the start of the year, powerful storms hit Israel that led to extensive flooding in coastal and low-lying regions.

A dense sandstorm engulfing parts of the Middle East back in 2015 left at least two people dead in Lebanon and hundreds suffering from respiratory problems, as officials warned residents to stay indoors.

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