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$300,000 Paid in Compensation for Persons Killed or Injured in Libyan Airliner Disaster

Justice Minister Yaacov Shimshon Shapiro disclosed yesterday that Israel has paid out $300,000 so far in compensation for persons killed or injured when Israeli jets downed a Libyan airliner over Sinai on Feb. 21. Shapiro did not say how many families had received compensation. He told the Knesset, however, that the Arab states apparently did not prevent their nationals from filing claims with Israel.

After the disaster which took more than 100 lives, Israel offered, as a free will gesture, to pay $30,000 to the families of each of the fatal victims and $10-$30,000 to the injured depending upon the extent of their injuries.