RAMALLAH, Thursday, February 18, 2021 (WAFA) – The bad weather and snow that hit Palestine yesterday and is expected to continue today caused damage to homes, mainly in the Gaza Strip, and forced the government and banks to call off work today.
The government spokesman said in a statement last night that all government institutions will be shut down today to avoid people any harm from the bad weather conditions.
The Palestinian Monetary Fund, the de facto central bank, also announced closure of all banks today for the same reason.
Schools, meanwhile, remain shut today for the second day in a row as a result of the bad weather and snow formation.
In the Gaza Strip, WAFA correspondent said several people were hurt and damage caused to homes in various areas of the besieged sea enclave.
He said people were hurt from falling objects and walls, some serious but most light and were treated in hospitals.
Damage was also done to homes throughout the Gaza Strip as a result of heavy rain and strong winds.
In the West Bank, the Civil Defense said it dealt with 165 cases since yesterday, some of them road accidents that left one person dead and several others injured.
Some cases included putting off fire in homes, removing falling obstructions that blocked roads, and closure of roads due to floods.