NASA Snaps Image of Massive Middle East Sandstorm From Space

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By Elizabeth Chuck

An intense and deadly sandstorm sweeping the Middle East is so large, it can be seen from space.

NASA on Tuesday shared an image of the swirling dust and sand, which has reduced visibility and caused health hazards in parts of Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Cyprus and Iraq. At least eight people have been killed, and hundreds have experienced respiratory problems, AFP reported.

The air is so dense, and visibility so low, it's even disrupted the fighting in war-torn Syria.

Photo Gallery: Deadly Sandstorm Blankets Middle East

The storm is expected to continue Wednesday.