House damaged in Ashkelon
Photo: Dudu Azulay
Car damaged in Beersheba
Photo: Ido Erez
Some 1,120 property tax claims have been filed since the start of Operation Cast Lead, 891 of them dealing with damage caused to buildings and 192 with damages to cars, the Tax Authority said Sunday.
According to the figures presented, in the past 16 days 28 families have become homeless and have been evacuated to hotels after a rocket destroyed their apartment.
The city of Ashkelon sustained most damage, with 296 claims, followed by Ashdod with 270 claims and Sderot with 211. Claims were also filed by the residents of Beersheba (22), Neitvot (36), Ofakim (18), Gdera (16) and other Gaza vicinity communities (251).
Thirty-seven of the claims filed refer to damage caused to agricultural fields in regional council in the Gaza vicinity. Tax Authority officials estimated that 180 additional claims would be filed soon.
According to the officials, residents whose house has been hit could fix the damage themselves and receive compensation or restore the damage through property tax using a reconstruction company.
They added that all buildings for which claims have already been filed have already been visited by authority representatives along with an assessor or engineer in order to asses the damage.
Twenty-eight families whose houses were destroyed and no longer habitable have bee evacuated by the Tax Authority to hotels in Beersheba, Ramat Gan, Tel Aviv and Netanya. About 17 apartments sustained a direct hit and are now being guarded.