Heavy rains, strong winds pound parts of Middle East

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ATLANTA. December 13. KAZINFORM Heavy rains and strong winds lashed parts of the Middle East on Sunday, rocking ships in the eastern Mediterranean Sea and damaging dozens of buildings in Egypt, government officials and state-run media reported; Kazinform refers to CNN.

The low-pressure system left a wake of destruction as it moved across the region, producing 48 sustained hours of severe weather conditions, noted CNN meteorologist Taylor Ward.

Three people died in the port city of Alexandria, Egypt, after strong winds and heavy rains contributed to the partial collapse of at least 28 buildings, state-run Nile TV reported.

Members of a Moldavian cargo ship radioed for help Sunday morning after stormy weather caused the boat to sink off the coast of Ashdod, Israel, an Israeli military spokesman said. All 11 crew members managed to lower themselves into life boats and were picked up by a nearby ship.

Back on land, winds blowing up to 110 kph (68 mph) riled up dust storms, including in Gaza and northern Israel.

Beirut alone has been deluged by 106 mm (over 4 inches) of rain since Friday night, with nearby mountains getting snow; Kazinform cites CNN.

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