Photo Credit: Israel Nature and Parks Authority/FLASH90
Mount Meron, January 2015

Israel’s Health Ministry has ordered the residents of northern Israel to boil their water until further notice due to the series of earthquakes that struck Turkey and Syria on Monday.

Until further notice, all water for drinking, cooking, brushing teeth and preparing medicines must be boiled in every town around Mount Meron and Tzfat due to suspected pollution caused by the quakes.


As of Tuesday evening, the death toll in the disaster had reached more than 5,400 people; at least 3,703 victims were confirmed dead and more than 15,000 others were injured in Turkey and 1,712 victims died in Syria because of the temblors. Hundreds – perhaps even thousands – more are still missing.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.