- Title: JERUSALEM: Israeli soliders enter snowball battle
- Date: 10th January 2013
- Summary: JERUSALEM (JANUARY 10, 2013) (REUTERS) AMBULANCE DRIVING ON JERUSALEM STREET VARIOUS OF PALM TREES UNDER SNOW DATES UNDER SNOW MORE OF PALM TREES VARIOUS OF SOLDIERS HAVING SNOWBALL FIGHT PEOPLE AND VEHICLES IN CENTRE OF CITY, NEAR MAHANE YEHUDA MARKET PEOPLE WALKING UNDER SNOW DOGS IN STREET, SNIFFING SNOW MORE OF PEOPLE AT MARKET CLOSEUP OF LOCK ON SHOP GATE AS SEVERAL SHOPS REMAINED CLOSED (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNIDENTIFIED MALE FROM CANADA, SAYING: "I came to souk to get some vegetables and some food to eat because everything is closed but we always know that the souk is going to be open and this is great. It is like being back in Montreal." VARIOUS OF PEOPLE PLAYING WITH SNOW ON HILLSIDE CLOSEUP OF SNOWMAN PEOPLE WALKING NEXT TO SNOWMAN VARIOUS OF DAMAGED TREES MAN CUTTING TREES PEOPLE LOOKING AT SNOW COVERING JERUSALEM OLD CITY MOSQUE VARIOUS OF JERUSALEM UNDER SNOW
- Embargoed: 25th January 2013 12:00
- Location: Jerusalem
- Country: Israel
- Topics: Weather,Quirky
- Reuters ID: LVA28SZ1D37DYIBPQSE84JGD4SFW
- Story Text: Jerusalem experience its worst snowstorm in 20 years on Thursday (January 10), as public transport ground to a halt and many vehicles that ventured onto roads were stuck.
The few vehicles on the roads consisted mostly of emergency vehicles as most residents and tourists stayed indoors.
However, there were some who dared to venture outside during the record-breaking weather.
A unit of Israeli soldiers fought each other with snowballs, while others stocked up on food and other supplies in case the bad weather worsened.
"I came to souk to get some vegetables and some food to eat because everything is closed but we always know that the souk is going to be open and this is great. It is like being back in Montreal," said one man as he shopped near the city's Mahane Yehuda market.
Elisha Peleg, an official in charge of emergencies with Israel's municipality for Jerusalem, urged the city's residents to remain at home and stay off the streets, telling Israel Army Radio the area had overnight seen its greatest snowfall since 1992.
He said 10 to 15 centimetres (4 to 6 inches) of snow had piled up in the city centre and more than that in outlying areas.
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