Israel to compensate Ghajar residents for war damages

The state will compensate residents of Ghajar for damage caused to their homes during the 2006 Second Lebanon War, Israel Radio reported Thursday. Ghajar lies directly on Israel's border with Israel; half the town is in Lebanon but its residents are Israeli citizens and Israel currently controls the entirety of the town.
During the Second Lebanon War, the IDF bombed the northern part of the town, destroyed some homes and forced its residents holding Israeli citizenship to leave, according to the report. The residents have since demanded compensation for the damage caused to their homes.
The decision to compensate residents was the result of protracted negotiations between the Defense Ministry and the Finance Ministry, Israel Radio reported.
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