Sandstorm Delays 1st Lady's Jordan Trip

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- A U.S. official says first lady Michelle Obama's trip to Jordan has been delayed after a sandstorm clouded skies across parts of the Middle East.

An official traveling with the first lady said her scheduled arrival in Amman on Wednesday was postponed "due to a weather call." The official, speaking on condition of anonymity pending a formal announcement, gave no further details.

Obama is on a two-nation visit to the Middle East to promote an initiative supporting girls' education. She was set to fly to Jordan from Qatar.

The sandstorm caused gray, dusty skies in Jordan and Israel. In Israel, officials canceled domestic flights into the southern resort town of Eilat, disrupting travel for thousands of people.

(KA)