A sandstorm shrouds the capital city of Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
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Hundreds of people were hospitalized across the country and at least five deaths were recorded as a suffocating sandstorm, expected to gradually ease starting late Wednesday, battered Lebanon for a second consecutive day.Medical sources told The Daily Star that three citizens, including a little girl and two elderly women, also died as a result of the dust storm, which struck the capital and other parts of the country, a day after sweeping across north and east Lebanon.The Health Ministry also announced the closure of nurseries Wednesday due to the storm.The sandstorm also struck the southern city of Sidon.The source explained that such weather conditions were more common during springtime.Wednesday's weather is expected to be cloudy, dusty and foggy, even along the coast.Air traffic wasn't substantially affected by the weather, according to the department source, but several agencies reported Tuesday that reduced visibility had limited the number of airstrikes being carried out in war-torn Syria.
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