C'tee OKs compensation for rocket-affected South

Knesset Finance Committee approves full compensation to those who reside within 7 kilometers of the Gaza Strip for missed work.

December 4, 2012 23:07
Sderot residents take cover from rockets.

Sderot residents take cover from rockets 390. (photo credit: Amir Cohen / Reuters)

The Knesset Finance Committee approved a compensation package on 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 7 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 live within 40 kilometers of Gaza, who were forced to stay home following the closure of schools, will also be compensated.

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Moshe Asher, deputy director of the Israel Tax Authority, told the committee that the ITA has received around 3,300 claims for direct property damage caused by Gazan rockets. 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 Beersheba suffered the most property damage. The ITA has received 1,086 claims from Ashdod – 746 related to buildings and 340 related to vehicles. Beersheba residents have filed 748 claims – 516 for building damage and 232 for vehicle damage.

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