‘Middle East cooperation needed’ to combat dust storms

[CAIRO] International cooperation is needed to tackle the immense dust storms that have been engulfing Middle Eastern countries, fuelled by climate change, say environmental leaders.

In the last two months, dust storms have killed 10 people and left thousands more gasping for breath in Syria, swept through 170 villages in southeastern Iran, and left many people hospitalised in Iraq and Kuwait, according to regional media reports. The storms have caused chaos on the roads and grounded air traffic in some countries. A memorandum of understanding was signed in early June between Iran, Iraq and Syria to try to address the extreme weather events which occur when heavy winds blow sand, […]

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