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At least 12 people were injured as exceptionally strong winds and sandstorms battered southern Israel Tuesday.

At the Dead Sea, 10 people were lightly injured when glass shattered at the Meridian Hotel in Ein Bokek. All of them were treated on the spot.

Earlier, a 64-year-old man was seriously injured after a piece of metal fell on him in Dimona. The man was taken to Soroka hospital in Be'er Sheva.

A 30-year-old man was moderately injured when a tent collapsed on its occupants in the Bedouin village of Aroer, north of Dimona.

Temperatures dropped across the country Wednesday, although the strong winds were expected to continue.