An usually high number of sandstorms have hit the Middle East, disrupting the daily lives of thousands amid warnings from experts that climate change will continue to alter regional weather patterns.

Iran (IMNA) - The Middle East's sandstorms are becoming more frequent and intense, a trend associated with overgrazing and deforestation, overuse of river water and more dams.

Sandstorms across the Middle East have delayed flights, closed schools and hospitalized thousands.

Recent shots shows that the sandstorms turn skies orange.

The following pictures have been taken in Iraq.

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