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A suffocating sandstorm hit Lebanon for the second day running, leading to five deaths and 750 cases of asphyxiation or shortness of breath in the northern and eastern parts of the country, medical and ministry sources said Tuesday.Medical sources told The Daily Star three citizens including a little girl and two elderly women, also died as a result of the dust storm that moved Tuesday to the capital Beirut and other parts of the country, a day after it swept across north and east Lebanon.The sandstorm also covered the southern city of Sidon, halting port operations.The weather department at Beirut airport said the storm, coming from Iraq, will continue throughout the day with chances of rain in the northern Bekaa Valley around midday.
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