Israel cancels expulsions of African migrants


The Israeli government acknowledged on Tuesday that it cannot expel African migrants against their will and has cancelled all pending deportation orders.

In a statement to the Supreme Court, the state says: "It is not possible to implement expulsions to a third country without (migrants') consent."

Some 35,000 African migrants, mostly from Sudan and Eritrea, are in Israel. The government wants most of them to leave, but has not been able to find a way to expel them lawfully.

Last month, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reached a deal with the U.N. to resettle half of the migrants in Western nations and absorb the rest. But he called it off hours later amid objections from nationalist critics.

Later Tuesday, Netanyahu tweeted that he agreed with the interior minister to prepare to reopen detention camps for migrants.    (AP)

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