Damascus Gate (Bab al-Amud)
A Caterpillar bulldozer takes a break from demolishing Palestinian homes to clear streets of Snow in Jerusalem
Snowstorms went over Israel and the Palestinian territories since Thursday. Roads to and from Jerusalem were closed as of Thursday night and school there was cancelled Friday.The city set up several improvised snow-havens, granting shelter to
hundreds of snowed in motorists and otherwise stranded people. Israel Railways is operating two trains free of charge Saturday from Jerusalem to Haifa, going through Tel Aviv. Over 3 feet of snow accumulated in the northern city Safed.
Landslides led to the degradation of hillsides in the Ain al-Lowza
neighborhood of Silwan, opening cracks and threatening 40 nearby houses
with potential destruction, the Wadi Helwa Information Center said.
A statement from the group said previous excavations by Israel to build a
wall through the area have caused extensive damage to the ground, and
the effects of the storm have exacerbated the negative effects.
The majority of the landslides occurred in a large plot of land owned by
local resident Abu Tayeh where 40 homes have been built.
As a result of the weather 60 percent of the Palestinian territory's regions were plunged into darkness. Director General of the Jerusalem Electricity Company Said Hisham Omari told Ma'an that there were at least 45 malfunctions in power lines across the
West Bank. Crews were fixing them but could not always reaching the places as a result of the ongoing storm..
The majority of the power line malfunctions are located inside Israel on lines leading to the West Bank, but Israeli authorities are not fixing the malfunctions while also prohibiting the access of Palestinian crews to the areas.Company crews were able to restore power to 80 percent of areas across large parts of Bethlehem
and Jerusalem and are working hard to restore electricity to Ramallah
as well, Omari said.
Manger Square with X-mas tree in Bethlehem.