A boy walks on snow as he holds a plastic gallon during snow fall in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus

A boy walks on snow as he holds a plastic gallon during snow fall in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus, December 13, 2013. A powerful winter storm sweeping the eastern Mediterranean this week is causing mayhem across the region and inflicting extra hardships on Syrians convulsed in civil war and on refugees who have fled the fighting.The storm, named Alexa, is expected to last until Saturday, bringing more snow, rain and cold to swathes of Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, the Palestinian territories and Egypt. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh (SYRIA – Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) – RTX16H55