Snow blanketed the mountain regions of Cyprus and Lebanon on Thursday (January 17) after days of heavy rain.
GV Pan snow covered Village near Dicosis
GV Snow on mountain road
GV Cars on snow bound highway
LV Overturned lorry in ravine
LV People push car on snowcovered road
CU Route sign Inbhamdoun
GV Snowcovered road and trees
SV Car drives through snowstorm
SV Trucks bogged down in snow
SV People brush snow off car and dig car out of snow
CU PAN Snow plough (3 shots)
SV Pan from sign "Route Open" to snow covered road
CU Railway crossing sign
GV Train tunnel entrance covered in snow
CU Pan Car drives through snow storm
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Background: Snow blanketed the mountain regions of Cyprus and Lebanon on Thursday (January 17) after days of heavy rain.
In Cyprus, the rain and melting snow partially broke a drought of nearly three years.
The northern spur of the Kyrenia Mountains, behind the Cypriot capital, Nicosia, were covered with snow for the first time in years, and there were light snowfalls on the outskirts of the capital.
Dozens of cars and trucks were bogged down on mountain roads; one truck went out of control on a slippery stretch and plunged 50 metres (55 yards) down a cliff.
In Lebanon, the snow cut the roads to most of the winter resorts, and the international Beirut-Damascus highway between Lebanon and Syria.
Few vehicles could negotiate the steep roads to the winter resorts, and the Beirut-Damascus road was opened to drivers at their own risk.
Hundreds of trucks use the Beirut-Damascus road to transport supplies to isolated villages in the Arab hinterlands.