Woman braves dust storm
Woman braves dust storm Yonatan Sindel / Flash 90

Magen David Adom paramedics provided medical care to over 255 people throughout the day on Tuesday as a heavy dust storm engulfed the Jewish state.

According to MDA, among the victims were over 145 people suffering from shortness of breath and asthma attacks, more than 30 civilians who fainted, and over 80 people who suffered a worsening in their heart diseases. 

The numbers constitute a significant increase from the average amount of people Magen David Adom treats daily. 

Due to the dust storm, air pollution in Israel is especially high, particularly in Jerusalem, where, according to the Environmental Protection Ministry, pollution is hundreds of percent greater than normal. 

Earlier on Tuesday, the Environmental Protection Ministry issued a public health warning to avoid outdoor activity, primarily intended for people with heart and/or lung diseases, the elderly, children, and pregnant women.

The haze will continue throughout Tuesday evening and night, though weather conditions are expected to improve Wednesday morning.