Belgium Denies Aid to Daughters of Israelis Killed in Terror Attack

The authorities say the teens did not apply quickly enough after their parents died in the May 2014 attack in Brussels.

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Suspect in Brussels shooting Mehdi Nemmouche, on France 2.

Belgium is refusing to grant financial assistance to the daughters of a couple killed in the May 2014 attack on Brussels’ Jewish Museum, saying no “urgent need” existed.

The French-language Belgian newspaper DH reported Wednesday that Shira and Ayelet Riva, who were 15 and 17 at the time of the attack, had applied to the committee for the usual financial assistance, 15,000 euros, which was rejected.

Mira and Emmanuel Riva, a couple in their 50s, died in the attack in which a total of four people were killed. Mehdi Nemmouche, a 29-year-old dual French-Algerian national, was arrested in Marseilles that month and extradited to Belgium the following July.

According to an attorney for the teens, the committee said the application had been made 10 months after the attack, while “urgent need” expired after six months. The lawyer noted that the applicants were not Belgian citizens or residents, so filing was harder, but this was rejected.