Experts believe ‘apocalyptic’ sandstorm could travel to Europe in the coming days

Luke 21:11 “There will be great earthquakes, and there will be famines and epidemics in many lands, and there will be terrifying things (that which strikes terror), and great miraculous signs in the heavens.”

Important Takeaways:

  • An ‘apocalyptic’ dust storm that killed four people and hospitalized thousands could hit Europe as early as next week.
  • At least four people are reported to have died in Iraq and Syria from the gritty haze in the atmosphere
  • The impact of dust storms exceeds regional and continental boundaries.

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More than 1,000 hospitalized with respiratory problems from Sandstorm wave

Luke 21:25,26 NLT “And there will be strange signs in the sun, moon, and stars. And here on earth the nations will be in turmoil, perplexed by the roaring seas and strange tides. People will be terrified at what they see coming upon the earth, for the powers in the heavens will be shaken.”

Important Takeaways:

  • NASA data showed dust reaching more than three miles into the sky
  • The Iraqi government declared a national holiday Monday to keep people in their homes.
  • Experts say the storms this year are particularly intense
  • In Iraq, at least nine significant storms have hit the country since April.

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Massive Sandstorm Strikes Middle East

An out-of-season sandstorm has struck the Middle East causing thousands to have medical issues and reducing visibility in region.

The Times of Israel called the storm “a brownish-yellow fog throughout the country.”  The storm has been working across Israel and into Lebanon, Iraq and Syria.  Meteorologists say the storm will be followed by an intense heat wave that will last through the weekend.

Health officials through the region are telling residents to stay inside to avoid breathing problems.  Schools were either closed to keep children inside to avoid the fine particulates in the air.

The head of a major hospital in Damascus told reporters that over 1,200 people had been treated for breathing problems.  At least 100 of the victims were children.

“It is unbelievable. This must be some test,” said Mansour, a Damascus resident, who gave only his first name told the Associated Press. “It’s hot. Temperatures are high and above that we have this dusty weather! It is something beyond reasonable. Enough please!”

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that some villages such as al-Mayadeen were so short of medical supplies that they ran out of oxygen canisters and had to turn away victims of the storm.