Environment Ministry: Heavy air pollution persists

The Ministry for Environmental Protection announced that the air is still extremely polluted throughout the country on Thursday, though slightly cleared than yesterday.

Those suffering from heart or lung disease, the elderly, children and pregnant women should refrain from physical activity outdoors.

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The cloud of dust that has hovered over Israel for the past two days will scatter in the late afternoon Thursday as heavy rains begin to fall across the country.

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The rain is expected to fall mainly along the coast, accompanied by thunderstorms, heavy winds and possible flooding.

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Heavy winds carried in the dust storm overnight Tuesday/Wednesday, bringing air pollution levels to 15-25 times the normal level and raising safety concerns.

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Flights out of Ben Gurion International Airport were temporarily halted Wednesday afternoon, hours after the Israel Airports Authority shuttered both Tel Aviv’s Sde Dov airport and Ovda airport in Eilat.

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Magen David Adom saw an increased number of people seeking medical attention due to the severe weather. The group reported treating over 300 people on Wednesday.

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