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Sandstorm sweeps through Algerian city, turning sky red and blocking out the sun

The terrifying clip was filmed on August 12 in the city of Ain Oussera, roughly 120 miles south of the capital, Algiers

 

INCREDIBLE footage has emerged showing a colossal sandstorm sweeping through an Algerian city.

The video begins with a group of young men playing football with a swirling red cloud in the background.

The game grinds to a halt as the players and spectators run for cover

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The game grinds to a halt as the players and spectators run for cover

The wind picks up and the sky darkens as the frightening storm gets closer

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The wind picks up and the sky darkens as the frightening storm gets closer

Eventually nothing can be seen but the lights in houses and on people's phones

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Eventually nothing can be seen but the lights in houses and on people’s phones

Despite being the middle of the day, the sky cannot be seen as it is completely covered by the cloud.

Alarmed shouts can be heard in Arabic as the match grinds to a halt.

Players and spectators begin to run for cover in the direction of nearby buildings as the storm draws closer.

The wind blows stronger and everything gets darker as the terrifying desert tempest covers the city, blocking out the sun.

Eventually, day is turned to night and all that can be seen are the lights in houses and on people’s mobile phones.

A few muffled and distant cries can be heard as locals stumble around in the dark, trying to find their way to shelter.

The terrifying clip was filmed on August 12 in the city of Ain Oussera, roughly 120 miles south of the capital, Algiers.

The Sahara desert frequently experiences colossal dust storms as sand from the desert is whipped up by high winds.

The sand can travel huge distances and has been known to reach Britain, blanketing cars and causing so-called “blood rain” – when particles mix in with water droplets, leaving a rusty brown layer after they evaporate.

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