Photos: Snowstorm brings white Christmas to Bethlehem, and beyond

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1 A Palestinian youth throws a snowball in front of the Dome of the Rock at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in the old city of Jerusalem on December 12, 2013 as a winter weather front hit the region, bringing early snow and a steep drop in temperatures. 
2 Israeli Arabs throw snowballs as snow covers the Dome of the Rock at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in the backround on December 12, 2013 in Jerusalem, Israel. 
3 A Palestinian family gather around fire as they get themselves warm inside a cave where they live in the West Bank village of al-Mufaqara, south of Hebron, on December 13, 2013. 
4 Israelis enjoy sliding on the snow on December 13, 2013 in Jerusalem, Israel. Heavy storms continued throughout Israel on Friday, causing traffic disruptions and power outages across the country. 
5 An Ultra-Orthodox jewish girl carries pillows as she walks in the snow a head of Shabat (Saturday), in the Mea Shearim Ultra Orthodox Jewish neighborhood on December 13, 2013 in Jerusalem, Israel. 
6 Ultra-Orthodox Jews push a car stuck in the snow on a road in Jerusalem on December 13, 2013 following a snowstorm. The hilltop city of Jerusalem was paralysed today by its fiercest snowstorm in years, with its mayor calling out the army to help stranded motorists. Main roads into the Holy City, which climb around 2,600 feet above sea level were closed and police appealed to drivers not to attempt the journey. 
7 Cars sit stuck during a snow storm on highways on December 13, 2013 at the outskirts of Jerusalem, Israel. Heavy storms continued throughout Israel on Friday, causing traffic disruptions and power outages across the country. 
8 An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish woman walks in the snow a head of Shabat (Saturday), At the Mea Shearim Ultra orthodox jewish neighborhood on December 13, 2013 in Jerusalem, Israel. 
9 Tourists walk through the snow-covered Manger Sqaure past the Church of the Nativity in the biblical West Bank town of Bethlehem on December 12, 2013 as a winter weather front hit the region, bringing early snow and a steep drop in temperatures. 
10 People walk under heavy snowfall on December 11, 2013, in Istanbul. 
11 Snow covers the scene in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, some 400 kms south-east of Cairo on December 13, 2013.