A Massive Dust Storm Seen From Space

This dust storm swept across multiple countries in the Middle East and North Africa, resulting in a host of respiratory problems for people in its path, as well as multiple deaths. The storm reportedly suspended fighting in Syria by forcing helicopters to land. Though dust storms are common in some parts of the Middle East, this one enveloped regions that aren't usually hit so severely, namely Israel, Lebanon, Syria, and Cyprus.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. Dust storms can cause serious respiratory problems in people who are exposed. 00:05

  2. The September 2015 dust storm severely affected Syria, Lebanon, Israel, and Jordan. 00:33

  3. See what living in the midst of a dust storm looks like: 00:45

Written by Curiosity Staff September 14, 2015