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Israel to deduct from Palestinian funds

Aim is to compensate Israelis living near Gaza ‘who have fallen victim to arson’

Gulf News

Occupied Jerusalem: Israel announced plans to deduct from tax funds it collects for the Palestinians to compensate Israelis living near the Gaza Strip who have fallen victim to a wave of arson attacks. The Israeli military, meanwhile, said troops killed a Palestinian attempting to cross into Israel from Gaza on Monday.

Israel says it has been battling fires caused by kites rigged with incendiary devices or attached to burning rags launched by Palestinians in Gaza that have damaged forests and torched agricultural fields.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted on Sunday that he had asked for the deduction.

The kites have been flown by Gazans who have staged weekly protests since late March during which more than 119 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli army fire.

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