After Ofakim slaughter, tech firms pay for 600 residents to take a break in Eilat

Tal Schneider is a Political Correspondent at The Times of Israel

Some 600 people, mainly families with small children, are leaving the southern town of Ofakim for a week to stay at hotels in Eilat as part of an initiative by tech companies.

Fiver and HiBob, as well as other tech firms, are leading the effort to provide some respite to residents of the town, which saw some 50 people killed during the Hamas onslaught on October 7.

Ofakim, a city of 34,000 some 25 kilometers (15 miles) from the Strip, does not fall under the national evacuation plan for communities on the southern and northern borders ahead of the Gaza ground operation.

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