Jordan and other Middle Eastern countries have been experiencing one of their bleakest patches of weather in many years...
GV PAN Snow falling at Schnellar refugee camp
SV Refugees walking through falling snow (2 shots)
GV & SV Snow falling on camp & refugees in streets (5 shots)
SV Woman carrying umbrella & can after snowfall
SV & GV Small boys throwing snowballs at each other
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Background: Jordan and other Middle Eastern countries have been experiencing one of their bleakest patches of weather in many years... with ice, snow and heavy rain in many areas.
Amman airport was closed on Monday (15 January) by snow, which also blocked many roads, caused power and telephone failures and isolated many cities and towns.
One of the hardest hit places was the Schnellar camp for Palestinian refugees, near Amman.
SYNOPSIS: Unexpectedly harsh weather hit Jordan and several other Middle Eastern counties this week...with ice, rain and snow in many areas.
One of the worst affected places was the Schnellar camp for Palestinian refugees outside the Jordanian capital, Amman.
The snow interrupted normal life for the camp's thirty-five-thousand refugees. According to some reports, it was the heaviest snowfall in Jordan this century. Amman airport was closed for a while on Monday, while roads were blocked and many cities and towns isolated. The heavy and unexpected fall also caused power and telephone failures. An official Jordanian announcement said Crown Prince Hassan was personally supervising emergency operations to clear the snow in Jordan.