2016-12-07 / Mideast

9 municipalities receive compensation for recent fires

Haifa is among nine Israeli cities and towns listed by the Israeli government hit by fires that were caused by arson and may have been terror motivated.

The list released by the Tax Authority will allow the residents of those communities whose property was destroyed in the massive wildfires to obtain government compensation for their losses, the Hebrew-language Walla news website reported. The money would come from two government funds earmarked for victims of terror and war.

Joining Haifa on the list are the town of Zichron Yaakov and the communal settlement of Tal-El, located in northern Israel, as well as the communal settlement of Nataf in the Jerusalem Hills and five West Bank settlements: Dolev, Gilon, Talmon, Nirit and Halamish, also known as Neve Tzuf, according to reports.

Insurance for wildfires is not part of most basic insurance packages in Israel.

Some 1,773 fires were extinguished Nov. 18-26, The Times of Israel reported, citing the Fire and Rescue Services spokesman. Several dozen are believed to have been intentionally set. (JTA)

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