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Hundreds protest in Jerusalem over closure of Haifa ammonia tank

Hundreds of employees of a chemical company are demonstrating outside the Finance Ministry in Jerusalem over plans to shutter the company’s ammonia storage tank in Haifa.

Around 300 people from the Haifa Group say they fear for their jobs following the closure. The company has threatened to fire hundreds of workers if the government does not provide it with assistance, after a court ordered the closure and relocation of the storage facility.

The ammonia storage tank in the northern city of Haifa. (Courtesy of Environmental Protection Ministry)
The ammonia storage tank in the northern city of Haifa. (Courtesy of Environmental Protection Ministry)

The ammonia tank was ordered closed over fears that damage to the facility could endanger the lives of tens of thousands in and around Israel’s third largest city.

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