The Environmental Protection Ministry is warning people across Israel to beware of the dust storm that has enveloped the country.
Outdoor activity should be avoided.
The warning is primarily intended for people with heart and/or lung diseases, the elderly, children, and pregnant women. The areas most affected are the Golan Heights, the Upper Galilee, the Lower Galilee, Jerusalem, the Etzion Bloc, the Jordan Valley, the eastern Negev and the Arava.
The Arkia and Israir airlines have cancelled their flights within Israel, and Eilat Airport has shut down.