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Over 600 Israelis Treated as Sandstorm Continues

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A heavy sandstorm has enveloped Israel since Tuesday this week. The sandstorm has not let up, and The Times of Israel reports that more than 600 Israelis have now been treated because of it:

With the air heavy with sand and familiar skylines a distant blur, MDA paramedics have tended to 632 people, including more than 374 who suffered shortness of breath and asthma attacks. More than 83 people fainted and more than 175 people suffered from an exacerbation of existing heart conditions...

The Environmental Protection Ministry reissued its warning Wednesday against being outside for extended periods and reminded people to avoid any excessive outdoor physical activity.

According to meteorological estimates, the storm is set to pass before the weekend. Temperatures are expected to drop slightly before the start of the Jewish High Holidays next Sunday.

Tags: Life in Israel , Crisis and Need

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