Finance C'tee approves compensation for Southern residents

By NADAV SHEMER
December 4, 2012 16:55

 
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The Knesset Finance Committee approved a compensation package Tuesday for residents and businesses in the South who lost income as a result of Operation Pillar of Defense last month.

Full compensation will be granted to those who reside within seven kilometers of the Gaza Strip, and missed work between November 14, when the operation began, and November 23, the day after it ended. Parents of children aged 14 and under who reside within 40 km of Gaza, who were forced to stay home following the closure of schools, will also be compensated.

Moshe Asher, deputy director of the Israel Tax Authority, told the committee that the ITA has received around 3300 claims over direct property damage caused by rocket fire from Gaza. Staff have handled around one-third of these claims so far, he said, and compensation has already been sent to those residents’ bank accounts.

Ashdod and Beer Sheva suffered the most property damage. The ITA has received 1086 claims from Ashdod – 746 related to buildings and 340 related to vehicles. Beer Sheva residents have filed 748 claims – 516 for building damage and 232 for vehicle damage.

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