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An early winter storm blankets the city with snow

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A man prays at the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City during a snowstorm on Dec. 13, 2013.

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A snowstorm of rare intensity blanketed the Jerusalem area and parts of the occupied West Bank on Friday, choking off the city and stranding hundreds in vehicles on impassable roads.

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A man walks through snow near Jerusalem's Old City walls.

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A view of Jerusalem's Old City following a snowstorm is seen from the Mount of Olives.

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Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock, some of the holiest sites for for Jews and Muslims, are covered in snow. The storm, dubbed Alexa, brought gusty winds, torrential rains and heavy snowfall to parts of the Middle East.

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Flamingos stand in their enclosure in Jerusalem's Biblical Zoo.

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People have their pictures taken as snow falls in front of the Dome of the Rock in the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount.

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A man builds a snowman in Jerusalem. Schools and offices in Jerusalem and parts of the occupied West Bank were closed and public transport briefly suspended after the heavy snowfall.

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Men play a bat and ball game at a park in Jerusalem.

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Men roll a snowball at a park in Jerusalem.

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A dog stands in the snow in Jerusalem.

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People visit a park after a snowstorm in Jerusalem.

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People walk in front of the Dome of the Rock.

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Men conduct their Friday prayer in front of the Dome of the Rock.

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Snow covers Jerusalem.

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A woman swims in the pool at the David Citadel Hotel during a snowstorm in Jerusalem.

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