The site of the Kiryat Arba industrial area, with the existing park on the left and the 100 dunam addition on the right.
(photo credit: SHARON YEKUTIEL)
The government on Sunday more than tripled the size of the industrial park in Kiryat Arba, approving NIS 10 million for the project.
Some 10 hectares (25 acres) will be added to the existing 4.2 hectare industrial area, under the auspices of the Kiryat Arba-Hebron Economic Company.
Alon Yunyan, the company’s director-general, said that the newly expanded park, which is located within the boundaries of the settlement, will service the region including the South Hebron Hills and the Gush Etzion areas. It will expand job opportunities for both Israelis and Palestinians in the area, he said.
At present, there are some 200 employees in the park’s existing businesses, the majority of whom are Palestinian, Yunyan said.
The decision amends a package of steps the government took to strengthen the community after the terror attack in June 2016.
Two years ago, a Palestinian teen infiltrated the community and stabbed 13-year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel to death while she slept in her bedroom.
Kiryat Arba is located just outside of the Palestinian city of Hebron, which also ha
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