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PA closes several schools due to heavy rain

Dec. 11, 2013 11:12 A.M. (Updated: Dec. 11, 2013 2:13 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority Ministry of Education closed schools in several districts across the West Bank on Wednesday after heavy rainfall overnight.

Abdul-Hakim Abu Jamous, a spokesman for the ministry of education, told Ma'an Tuesday that the ministry's local offices were authorized to take decisions to close schools in their districts.

A snowstorm is expected to hit Palestine on Thursday and Friday, according to the Palestinian meteorological department.

Snow is expected in areas 800 meters above Sea Level.

Police and civil defense services, as well as municipalities and the ministries of agriculture, health and public works, announced a state of emergency ahead of the storm.

A spokesperson for the Palestinian civil defense services, Luay Bani Audah, confirmed to Ma'an that all preparations have been completed, and civil defense centers across the West Bank have received additional equipment expected to be needed for emergencies.

Police forces have set up emergency operation rooms, public relations officer Mansour Khzeimiya told Ma'an, and additional traffic police have deployed across the West Bank.
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