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February Prices Rose 1 Percent

Israel’s cost-of-living index rose by 1 percent in February after remaining flat in January, according to figures released Sunday by the Central Bureau of Statistics.

The rise was led by higher prices for fruits and vegetables, which were driven up by the six weeks of storms that battered Israel this winter.

The cost of health services increased 5.2 percent. Officials blamed Kupat Holim, Histadrut’s health care agency, for hiking premiums.