Dust Across Egypt, Israel and Mediterranean Sea – April 2nd, 201331.6N 33.9E
Dust storms swept from Egypt into Israel and across the Mediterranean Sea in early April. From late morning until evening, a high level of air pollution overtook much of Israel, with high concentrations of dust particles capable of passing into human respiratory tracts. The high levels of air pollution were the result of a deep low pressure system over the eastern Mediterranean Sea that brought strong winds and thereby dust and sand storms from Egypt into Israel.
Due to the high risk of airborne contamination, the Environmental Protection Ministry recommended that members of sensitive populations – such as heart and lung patients, the elderly, children and pregnant women – refrain from strenuous physical activities in the areas affected by the storm.