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Some 70 percent of the claims submitted by residents of the North for compensation on direct damages caused by Hizbullah rockets have been paid in full, Israel Tax Authority Director Jacky Matza said Wednesday.
"The goal for the holiday eve has been achieved," he said.
In the five weeks that have passed since the cessation of the armed conflict, 21,500 claims were submitted for compensation on direct damages, of which 15,000 have already been settled through the transfer of full payment to claimants' bank accounts, he said. So far, NIS 76 million has been paid in compensation on direct damages.
"This amount does not include repairs and reconstruction work being carried out by the [public] housing companies that are handling one thousand cases [involving] public structures, entire residential buildings that were damaged, et cetera," he added.
On indirect damages suffered by factories, commerce and businesses in the North in July, the authority has approved and paid more than 36,000 of the 45,000 claims submitted thus far, coming to a total of NIS 560m.
Of the roughly 800 compensation claims submitted by hotels, 570 have been approved, leading to the payment of NIS 37m. in total.
While the tax authority is still handling claims on indirect damages caused to businesses, agriculturalists and hoteliers in July, the forms and instructions for requesting compensation on indirect damages for August were published Wednesday (available at www.mof.gov.il/taxes), the authority said.