Gov’t to Allocate NIS 3M for Children in Lockdown Near Gaza Strip


Police block roads near the border with the Gaza Strip on Thursday. (Flash90)

The government will allocate a budget of about NIS 3 million to fund vacations for the children of the Gaza Strip area who, due to the tense security situation in the area, have found themselves locked in their homes for the past few days without being able to enjoy the vacation.

Oded Forer, minister for the development of the periphery, the Negev and the Galil, announced he will allocate the funds from his office for the benefit of the children of the area around the Gaza Strip.

He decided that the funds will be transferred directly to the local authorities in the Gaza Strip area and will be used exclusively to take the children on vacation in the Galil region in the north of the country, starting next week.

“The reality that during the summer months children are locked in their homes just because they live in the northern Negev region and surrounding Gaza, is unacceptable,” Forer said on Thursday.

Israel is “obligated first of all to these children, and at least the little that can be done immediately to allow them to enjoy their summer vacation, we will do,” he added.

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