The worst snowstorm in 20 years hit Jerusalem this week. It shut down government offices, public transport and schools in Jerusalem and along the northern Israeli region bordering on Lebanon on Thursday.
Many Palestinians in the hilly occupied West Bank were also snowed in and dozens were forced to flee flooded homes. Elisha Peleg, an official in charge of emergencies with Israel’s municipality for Jerusalem, urged residents to remain at home and stay off the streets, telling Israel Army Radio the area had overnight seen its greatest snowfall since 1992.

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Ultra-orthodox Jews visit the Western Wall during a snowstorm in Jerusalem's Old City. DARREN WHITESIDE/REUTERS

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Snow covers the Russian Church over the neighbourhood of Ein Kerem and the western outskirts of Jerusalem. RONEN ZVULUN/REUTERS

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Snow covers the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. AMMAR AWAD/REUTERS

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A bird flies over a snow-covered Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. AMMAR AWAD/REUTERS

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A pedestrian walks on a snow-covered street in East Jerusalem. AMMAR AWAD/REUTERS

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People stand in front of the Western Wall and Dome of the Rock as snow falls in Jerusalem. DARREN WHITESIDE/REUTERS

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A man poses for a photograph on skies in front of the Western Wall in Jerusalem. DARREN WHITESIDE/REUTERS

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Snow covers the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. DARREN WHITESIDE/REUTERS

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Snow covers the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. DARREN WHITESIDE/REUTERS

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Flamingos are seen in their snow-covered enclosure in Jerusalem's Biblical Zoo. RONEN ZVULUN/REUTERS

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Snow covers the Dome of the Rock on the compound known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif, and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's Old City. AMMAR AWAD/REUTERS

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An ultra-Orthodox Jewish couple walks in a snow-covered cemetery on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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Palestinian children play in the snow in front of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem's Old City. AMMAR AWAD/REUTERS

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An Israeli jumps with a snowboard in Jerusalem's French Hill neighbourhood. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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Snow covers the Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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A Palestinian throws a snowball in cemetery on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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A snowman is seen in a snow-covered park in Jerusalem. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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Palestinians stand on the compound known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif and to Jews as Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City during a snowstorm. AMMAR AWAD/REUTERS

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Palestinians play in the snow outside Jerusalem's Old City. AMMAR AWAD/REUTERS

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A Palestinian worker stands next to a snowplow in front of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem's Old City. AMMAR AWAD/REUTERS

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Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men walk down snow-covered steps in front of Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

Jan 11, 2013