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An Israeli foundation that provides health care assistance to elderly, impoverished Holocaust survivors has been forced to turn people away because of a budget crunch caused by the rapidly aging, infirm population, officials said Thursday.

With more than 60 percent of the 280,000 survivors in Israel over the age of 75, many of them have found themselves suddenly in need of assistance, said Guy Afari, deputy director of the Foundation for the Benefit of the Holocaust in Israel.

But the foundation's annual budget of $30 million has not grown, he said, and would need an additional $14 million to provide for all the survivors' needs this year.

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