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4000 rescued as heavy rain hits

More than 4000 people have been evacuated from homes in Gaza which were flooded after four days of heavy rain.

The storm also covered Jerusalem and some of the West Bank with thick snow.

In Gaza, some of those trapped were evacuated by fishing boats. One rescuer stood on the shoulders of a man in a boat as he tried to reach people in a third-floor flat. Efforts were hampered by a lack of fuel and power, a result of a tightened Egyptian border closure. Israel and Egypt restricted access when Hamas seized the territory in 2007.

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