Israel will transfer an emergency aid package of 55 million new shekels (about 15.6 million U.S. dollars) to 73 Arab local authorities, the state’s Ministry of Interior said Thursday.
The decision was taken by Israel’s ministries of interior and finance to help 1.1 million Arab residents during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which starts Friday, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Of the total amount, 30 million shekels will be allocated as food coupons to be distributed to needy families.
The rest will be allocated to purchase protective equipment, increase municipal enforcement of anti-coronavirus restrictions, and distribute food baskets for coronavirus patients and their families. Enditem