A group of 21 Jewish children from areas contaminated by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident have arrived in Israel.
The flight last week was the 20th to arrive in Israel as part of the Children of Chernobyl Project, a humanitarian effort organized by the Chabad-Lubavitch Chasidic movement.
Since the project’s inception in August 1990, some 1,250 children have been brought to Israel from cities in the former Soviet Union where the highest rates of cancer have been documented in connection with radiation exposure.
The children live and go to school in Chabad village south of Tel Aviv, where they receive intensive medical evaluation and treatment.
They are reunited with their families within two to three years.