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More than 4,000 people evacuated from homes in flood-stricken Gaza, rescue service says

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    A Palestinian boy stands in a flooded area following heavy rains in Gaza City, Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. Hundreds of houses were flooded following a rain storm in Gaza. Early snow has surprised many Israelis and Palestinians as a blustery storm, dubbed Alexa, brought gusty winds, torrential rains and heavy snowfall to parts of the Middle East. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)The Associated Press

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    Dark clouds overcasts Gaza City, Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. Early snow has surprised many Israelis and Palestinians as a blustery storm, dubbed Alexa, brought gusty winds, torrential rains and heavy snowfall to parts of the Middle East. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)The Associated Press

An official says Gaza's rescue service has evacuated more than 4,000 people from homes flooded after four days of heavy rain across the territory.

The downpour continued Saturday. It's part of a storm that covered Jerusalem and some of the West Bank with thick snow.

In Gaza, some of those trapped by rising waters were evacuated by fishing boats. A local TV station showed a rescuer standing on the shoulders of another man in a boat as they tried to reach people in a third-floor apartment.

Mohammed al-Madaina of the Gaza rescue service says efforts were hampered by lack of fuel and power, a result of a tightened Egyptian border closure. Israel and Egypt have restricted access to Gaza since the Islamic militant Hamas seized the territory in 2007.