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JERUSALEM POST, THE TIMES OF ISRAEL (Israel)

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JERUSALEM- With Israel’s largest storm in 20 years bringing snow and freezing temperatures to Jerusalem and the mountains in the north and center of Israel on Wednesday night, authorities closed part of the main highway connecting Tel Aviv and the capital for a short time due to ice that had accumulated in a mountain pass reports The Times of Israel.

Residents of the capital woke up to more than 10 centimeters of snow in some places, leaving its mark throughout the center of the city, though higher elevation neighborhoods notched the largest accumulation.

Most schools were closed, and The Jerusalem Post reported nearly 500 calls made to the Fire and Rescue Services for assistance in the capital.

In a place usually known for its bright sunshine, historic treasures and religious zeal, Jerusalemites and its visitors took advantage of this rare change of weather. Here's some of our favorites shots of the holy city under a blanket of white:

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War In Ukraine, Day 279: New Kherson Horrors More Than Two Weeks After Russian Withdrawal

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Anna Akage, Bertrand Hauger and Emma Albright

While retreating from Kherson, Russian troops forcibly removed more than 2,500 Ukrainians from prison colonies and pre-trial detention centers in the southern region. Those removed included prisoners as well as a large number of civilians who had been held in prisons during the occupation, according to the Ukrainian human rights organization Alliance of Ukrainian Unity.

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The NGO said it has evidence that these Ukrainians were first transferred to Crimea and then distributed to different prisons in Russia. During the transfer of the prisoners, Russian soldiers also reportedly stole valuables and food and mined the building of colony #61.

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