Banks make plans to continue service during attacks

Bank Hapoalim said it would be operate "mobile banks" while many of its northern branches remained closed.

By SETH FREEDMAN
July 18, 2006 07:25
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The Bank of Israel issued a directive to the country's banks on Monday, ordering them to put in place contingency plans in their northern branches to assist customers impacted by branch closures during the ongoing hostilities. The central bank requested the banks take measures to "manage risk … and provide a response to the special situation [being experienced by residents and businesses in the North]. Since the current conflict erupted last Wednesday, various levels of closures have been seen in branches of banks across the Galilee and as far south as Haifa. Discount Bank announced Monday the closure of five of its branches until further notice - in Kiryat Shmona, Safed, Karmiel, Tiberias and Nahariya. The rest of their branches were said to be operating as normal, according to the bank's spokeswoman. She also drew attention to the special customer helpline (*6112), which is in place to assist customers while the branches remain closed. Bank Leumi, meanwhile, closed several of its branches - including those in Haifa - and instructed customers to call its hotline (*5522) in case of need. Bank Mizrahi-Tfahot shut down all operations in the North until there is an improvement in the security situation. Bank Hapoalim said it would be operate "mobile banks" while many of its northern branches remained closed. The mobile banks will offer minimal services to clients, such as facilities to deposit checks and withdraw cash.


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