Israel begins rounding up African migrants


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The Independent Online

Israeli authorities say they have detained dozens of migrants from South Sudan who have entered the country illegally.

Interior Ministry spokeswoman Sabine Hadad says 55 people were rounded up early today as part of a broader crackdown on unauthorised immigration planned by the government. Last week, a Jerusalem court ruled that the estimated 4,500 migrants from South Sudan in Israel could be expelled.

Some 60,000 Africans have trekked through Egypt and other countries to reach Israel over the past few years. Many are looking for work, while others are seeking political asylum.

Israel has offered cash incentives to those who leave voluntarily.