Israel Returns Illegal African Migrants to Egypt

[New York Times] Isabel Kershner - Israel sent approximately 50 African migrants back across the border to Egypt on Saturday night, after the migrants had illegally crossed the Israeli-Egyptian border earlier that day. Israeli government spokesman David Baker said Israel was prepared to absorb the 500 refugees from Darfur already in Israel, but from now on, Israel would send back all illegal migrants crossing the border from Sinai under a recent agreement with the Egyptian authorities. About 2,500 African asylum seekers have entered Israel over the past two years.

2007-08-20 01:00:00

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