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Israel’s Netanyahu calls for deportation of Eritrean refugee ‘rioters’



Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he wants Eritrean refugees and migrants in


involved in a violent clash in Tel Aviv to be deported immediately and has ordered a plan to remove all of the country’s African migrants.


The remarks came a day after bloody protests by rival groups of Eritreans in south Tel Aviv left dozens of people injured.



“We want harsh measures against the rioters, including the immediate deportation of those who took part,” Netanyahu said in a special ministerial meeting called to deal with the aftermath of the violence on Sunday


He requested that the ministers present him with plans “for the removal of all the other illegal infiltrators,” and noted in his remarks that the Supreme Court struck down some measures meant to coerce the refugees to leave.



Under international law, Israel cannot forcibly send migrants back to a country where their life or liberty may be at risk.


Ahead of an official visit to Cyprus, Netanyahu said the ministerial team was seeking to deport 1,000 supporters of the Eritrean government who were involved in Saturday’s violence

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