Locals Relish Rare Snow Fall in Saudi Arabia

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Social media users capture snow falling in Saudi Arabia
Social media users capture snow falling in Saudi Arabia, January 27, 2018Credit: Screen shot

Social media users in Saudi Arabia shared videos of snow in Tabuk, in the north of the kingdom on Saturday.

One video shows a user picking up fresh white snow and throwing it in excitement, while others show near-deserted landscapes covered in flakes, with thick mist and cars driving along the snowy paths.

Social media users capture snow falling in Saudi Arabia

The last few days have seen snow falling in different parts of the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia and Lebanon.

Last week snow in the region brought tragedy to Syrian refugees trying to cross into Lebanon as nine Syrians froze to death when an icy storm hit a smuggling route in the mountains near a border post with Syria, the Lebanese Army said.

The army rescued six others from near the Masnaa border crossing, one of whom later died in hospital, an army statement said.

The army arrested two Syrians on smuggling charges and is still searching for others lost in the snow, it added.

Syrians wishing to enter Lebanon must prove to Lebanese authorities they have reason to be in Lebanon, such as property ownership, an embassy appointment, or a residency permit.

For many Syrians fleeing war in their country, securing residency or work permits is impossible. Many are in Lebanon illegally and face arrest if discovered.

Lebanon took in around 1.5 million Syrian refugees at the height of Syria's conflict, now in its seventh year. 

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