A high pollution alert is still in effect across Israel today, March 4, 2014, because of high concentrations of dust throughout the country. The Ministr​ies of Environmental Protection and Health are advising vulnerable populations to stay indoors as much as possible. These include those with heart disease, respiratory diseases, the elderly, children, and pregnant woman. The alert began on Sunday, March 2, due to dust and sand storms coming in from the Mediterranean Sea.