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Fewer visitors to Israel since Gaza op

The fighting in Gaza caused a sharp decrease in visitors to Israel, the Central Bureau of Statistics reports.

During the first week of the July, before the fighting started, there was a 26% increase in visitors compared to the same period in 2013.

But once hostilities flared, the figures tumbled. From July 8-17, there was a 29% drop compared to last year, and from July 18-31 (after the ground incursion started) there was a 47% drop.

A total of 218,000 visitors came to Israel in July 2014, out of which 194,000 were tourists. This is a 26% drop from July 2013.

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