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Tags: israel | snow | sabbath | ban

Israel Lifts Sabbath Public Transport Ban for Jerusalem Snow Emergency

Saturday, 14 December 2013 07:39 AM

JERUSALEM — Jerusalem's heaviest snow for 50 years forced Israeli authorities to lift a Jewish sabbath public transport ban on Saturday and allow trains out of the city where highways were shut to traffic.

Troops in armored personnel carriers were helping emergency services crews to try to restore electricity for thousands in the Jerusalem area and Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said that "the extent of the storm has surprised us."

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An estimated 35,000 people have no electricity and homes are hard to reach as streets are blocked not only by snow but also by stranded vehicles on the third straight snowy day.

A Reuters photographer saw four armored personnel carriers filled with soldiers making their way towards the city.

There were no reported casualties in the Jerusalem area but in the Tel Aviv area heavy rains were blamed for the deaths of two people. On Friday, a man fell from a rooftop and a toddler was killed when a room heater caught fire.

Freezing weather also cut off parts of Israel's northern Galilee region, including the holy city of Safed, where snow blocked access to the local hospital, officials said.

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Jerusalem's heaviest snow for 50 years forced Israeli authorities to lift a Jewish sabbath public transport ban on Saturday and allow trains out of the city where highways were shut to traffic.
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