A blustery storm, dubbed Alexa, brought gusty winds, torrential rains and heavy snowfall to parts of the Middle East. The storm was expected to last until Saturday, bringing more severe weather and freezing temperatures to large swathes of Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories.
Dec. 13, 2013 Snow is seen around a section of the controversial Israeli barrier in the Shuafat refugee camp in the West Bank, near Jerusalem. A snowstorm of rare intensity, Alexa blanketed the Jerusalem area and parts of the occupied West Bank. Baz Ratner/Reuters Buy Photo