Twelve hundred African migrants to be released from the Holot detention center will be banned from entering Tel Aviv

Israeli media reported on Sunday that an estimated twelve hundred African migrants who are set for release from detention centers in the south of Israel this week will be banned from entering Tel Aviv and Eilat.

The migrants, mostly asylum seekers from Eritrea and Sudan, will be released from the Holot detention center later this week after a Supreme Court decision that limits the amount of time individuals can be detained.

In September, the Supreme Court ordered the state to close the Holot detention center and struck down the section of the amendment that allows the illegal migrants to be held in closed detention for one year.

More than 40,000 Eritreans and Sudanese are in Israel, most illegally.

Most of the African migrants in the country illegally who have not been detained are confined to poor and unsuitable living conditions in areas of southern Tel Aviv, where there have been several protests over their presence.

A spokeswoman for the Population, Immigration, and Borders authority or PIBA said, “it was unclear whether the restriction to enter Tel Aviv and Eilat will apply to all hours of the day or just overnight”.

Human Rights Watch cited last September that Israel had illegally forced nearly 7000 Eritrean and Sudanese to return home, where some face torture, ill-treatment and death. Rights groups have strongly condemned Israel for its immigration policy and treatment of African asylum seekers inside the Holot detention center.


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