Unseasonal sandstorm hits Lebanon, Syria

September 8, 2015 11:14 AM

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BEIRUT - An unseasonal sandstorm hit Lebanon and Syria, covering Beirut and Damascus with a blanket of yellow dust on Tuesday, sending hundreds of people to hospitals with breathing difficulties and causing the deaths of two women, officials said.

Reduced visibility prompted the Syrian government to call off airstrikes against rebel fighters in a central province, local media reported, and threatened a planned protest by Lebanese activists over the government's inability to deal with the country's rampant trash crisis.

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