Israel to build giant detention camp for migrants

Monday 29 November 2010 01:00

Israel's cabinet voted yesterday to erect a massive detention facility to hold thousands of Africans who have slipped illegally through the porous southern border with Egypt, heating up debate over how to handle their rising numbers.

Critics accuse Israel of trying to turn away bona fide refugees, and predicted the facility, designed to hold up to 10,000 detainees, would become a squalid refugee camp.

The minister in charge of prisons said correctional authorities were ill-equipped to run the facility.

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