The plane of the Israeli airline El Al was forced to make an emergency landing due to the extremely windy weather that gripped the country. In southwestern Israel, the metal structure of a tent blown off by the wind injured several soldiers during a sandstorm.
An Israeli passenger plane en route from Rome landed at Ramon Airport near the Dead Sea - strong gusts of wind and dangerous thunderstorms prevented the flight from continuing. The plane was scheduled to land at Ben Gurion Airport and entered Israeli airspace just as the storm system hit the region. Due to severe weather conditions, Ben Gurion Airport was temporarily closed on Thursday.
On December 12, rains began, accompanied by thunderstorms and hail in the north and center of Israel. Heavy rainfall swept across the country, causing power outages and tree collapses in many areas, and long traffic jams on blocked roads.
According to the Israel Meteorological Service Meteo Tech, winds in the southern parts of the country reached 65 km / h. A wind of about 100 km / h caused a sandstorm in the southwestern parts of Israel. A thick cloud of orange dust covered tens of kilometers near the Egyptian border.