State rejects HCJ proposal to pay evacuees' rent

The state on Wednesday rejected a High Court proposal to pay the rent for 41 former residents of the Gaza Strip settlement of Elei Sinai, who left their temporary homes in Kibbutz Karmiyeh because they were unprotected against Kassam rocket attacks. The residents left Karmiyeh after four members of a family were injured when a rocket fell outside their home. Attorney Orit Koren said the state had already paid all of the rent for the mobile homes in Karmiyeh and could not pay a second rent. But Barak said, "The sympathy of all of us is with the petitioners. They suffered a previous trauma because of the disengagement and we must not forget that." Barak said the court would hand down its ruling in the next few days.