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Cabinet approves rehabilitation plan for Jerusalem Hills fire damage

In the wake of the wildfires that occurred approximately two weeks ago in the Jerusalem hills, the Cabinet, today (Monday, 30 August 2021), in a conference call, approved an assistance and rehabilitation plan – which was formulated by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and the Environmental Protection, Finance and Interior ministers – for dealing with the damages that were caused in the area.

The fires led to the evacuation of the communities of Beit Meir, Shoresh, Shoeva, Kisalon, Givat Yearim, Ramat Raziel, Tzuba and the facility at Eitanim, and caused extensive damage in the area, especially to buildings and infrastructures.

The fires also burned thousands of dunams of forest and natural growth, damaged springs and nature and heritage sites, trails and nature reserves, and led to the deaths of many animals.

Following are the main points of the plan:

  • NIS 2.6 million will be allocated for immediate assistance in financing urgent and immediate emergency expenses and for lodging expenditures by the local council for residents who were evacuated from ther homes due to fire damage.

  • NIS 5 million will be allocated to the local council for expenditures incurred in clearing asbestos debris as a result of the fire, which the government recognizes as having a significant environmental impact.

  • The Environmental Protection Ministry will formulate – within 60 days – a NIS 60 million action plan for the ecological rehabilitation of the open areas and nature sites that were damaged in the fire, in cooperation with the Nature and Parks Authority, JNF-KKL, the Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry, the local council and other agencies.

  • NIS 400,000 will be allocated by the Labor, Social Affairs and Social Services Ministry for social affairs and social services rehabilitation plans for the communities that were damaged by the fires, in cooperation with the ministry and the local council. (GPO)

The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.

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