The number of tourists entering Israel has declined 13 per cent in the first seven months of this year, in comparison with the same period during 2014, a report by the Central Bureau of Statistics revealed yesterday.Middle East Monitor news outlet said, according to the PNN, that some 1.6 million tourists visited the country up to the end of July, compared with 1.84 million tourists during the corresponding period last year.

The figures appear to show that tourism is still influenced by the political events which were experienced by the country last summer, when Israel launched a deadly assault on the Gaza Strip that killed 2,260 Palestinians, mainly children, MEMO said.

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