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In pics: Sandstorm engulfs MENA

Large parts of Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan and Cyprus were shrouded in a thick cloud of dust that meteorologists said had swept in from Iraq and Syria.

In pics: Sandstorm engulfs MENA
A picture taken on September 8, 2015 shows a general view of downtown Amman, in the Jordanian capital, during a sandstorm. Large parts of Lebanon, Israel and Cyprus were shrounded in a thick cloud of dust that meteorologists said had swept in from Iraq and Syria. (AFP/Getty Images)
In pics: Sandstorm engulfs MENA
Jordanians wear face-masks as they walk in downtown Amman, in the capital, during a sandstorm, on September 8, 2015. Large parts of Lebanon, Israel and Cyprus were shrounded in a thick cloud of dust that meteorologists said had swept in from Iraq and Syria. (AFP/Getty Images)
In pics: Sandstorm engulfs MENA
A Jordanian policeman wears a face-mask as he directs cars in downtown Amman, in the capital, during a sandstorm, on September 8, 2015. Large parts of Lebanon, Israel and Cyprus were shrounded in a thick cloud of dust that meteorologists said had swept in from Iraq and Syria. (AFP/Getty Images)
In pics: Sandstorm engulfs MENA
A picture taken on September 8, 2015 shows a general view of the Egyptian capital Cairo during a thick cloud of dust as a sandstorm engulfs parts of the Middle East. Large parts of Lebanon, Israel and Cyprus were shrounded in a thick cloud of dust that meteorologists said had swept in from Iraq and Syria. (AFP/Getty Images)
In pics: Sandstorm engulfs MENA
A picture taken on September 8, 2015 shows a boat sailing in the Nile River in the Egyptian capital Cairo during a thick cloud of dust as a sandstorm engulfs parts of the Middle East. Large parts of Lebanon, Israel and Cyprus were shrounded in a thick cloud of dust that meteorologists said had swept in from Iraq and Syria. (AFP/Getty Images)
In pics: Sandstorm engulfs MENA
Cars drive on Dbayeh Highway, north of Beirut as a sandstorm blows over the Lebanese capital on September 8, 2015. A dense sandstorm engulfing parts of the Middle East left at least two people dead in Lebanon and hundreds suffering from respiratory problems, as officials warned residents to stay indoors. (AFP/Getty Images)
In pics: Sandstorm engulfs MENA
A Lebanese woman covers her face with a veil as she walks amid the dust as a sandstorm blows over the Lebanese city of Baalbek in the Bekaa valley on September 8, 2015. Two people have died in Lebanon and hundreds been treated for respiratory problems as a massive sandstorm blankets much of the Middle East, Lebanon's health ministry said. (AFP/Getty Images)
In pics: Sandstorm engulfs MENA
A general view of Gaza City shows Palestinian workers removing debris from buildings which were destroyed during the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas militants in the summer of 2014, amid a sandstorm on September 8, 2015. Large parts of Lebanon, Israel and Cyprus were shrounded in a thick cloud of dust that meteorologists said had swept in from Iraq and Syria. (AFP/Getty Images)
In pics: Sandstorm engulfs MENA
A Palestinian woman stands in front of the sea as a sandstorm blows over the Gaza Strip on September 8, 2015 in gaza City. A dense sandstorm engulfing parts of the Middle East left at least two people dead in Lebanon and hundreds suffering from respiratory problems, as officials warned residents to stay indoors. (AFP/Getty Images)