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Palestinian children play in the snow in the village of Tuqu' near the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Friday.
A rare cold front swept through the middle east on Thursday and Friday, blanketing parts of Israel, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon with snow.

Roads in and out of Jerusalem were closed and streets deserted in the Jordanian capital of Amman.

The snow covered large swathes of desert, and Jerusalem's famous western wall and Bethlehem's nativity church were sprinkled with white.

The Syrian capital Damascus and surrounding mountains also got snow, while a snowstorm in neighbouring Lebanon closed most mountain roads, isolating villages.

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A Syrian refugee child clears snow in Istanbul, Turkey.

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Snow blankets the ground either side of the separation wall in Jerusalem.

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Palestinians cross a snow-blanketed street in the West Bank City of Nablus.

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Syrian refugees walk in the snow a makeshift camp on the outskirts of Baalbek, Lebanon.