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1 dead, 53 injured in storm-related incidents across West Bank

Dec. 14, 2013 7:02 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 16, 2013 12:46 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Civil defense forces in the West Bank reported on Saturday evening that at least one person had died and 53 were injured in storm-related incidents over the last four days.

Civil defense forces have assisted in 4,165 storm-related cases since the storm began, rescuing a total of 5,980 people across the region, according to a report released by the public relations and media department of the civil defense forces.

Ramallah and al-Bireh were the hardest hit by storm-related incidents, as 3,027 people involved in 1,586 separate incidents required help in that region.

Hebron was second-hardest hit, with 899 people involved in 790 incidents, including a case where the house of a roof collapsed during the storm.

The report said the condition of roads across the West Bank are all but impassable, and that civil defense crews continue to work to open them.

A large number of the incidents in which the civil defense forces had to intervene involved drivers who became stranded on snowy areas after their cars became stuck.

Civil defense forces public relations director Luay Bani Odeh appealed to citizens not to leave their homes nor to overuse their sockets, stressing the need for caution regarding heating appliances.

He also reminded the public of numbers to call in case of emergency, including 102 for Civil Defense, 101 for Red Crescent, and 100 for the police.

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