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UN Urges Netanyahu to Reconsider Nixed Deal to Resettle Illegal African Migrants

African illegal migrants carry their belongings following their release from the Holot Detention Centre in Israel's Negev desert, on August 25, 2015. Israel began releasing hundreds of African migrants from the detention centre after a court order, but the asylum-seekers were barred from entering two cities. A recent court decision …
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The Times of Israel reports: The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees on Tuesday expressed “disappointment” at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to scrap an agreement on resettling thousands of African migrants following tough domestic criticism, and urged him to “reconsider” it.

“It is with disappointment that UNHCR notes today’s cancellation by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of the Israel-UNHCR agreement of April 2 on solutions for Eritreans and Sudanese currently in Israel,” the UN agency said in a statement.

The UN refugee agency said the deal was negotiated over “an extended period of time.” “UNHCR continues to believe that a win-win agreement that would both benefit Israel and people needing asylum is in everyone’s best interests,” it said. “And we encourage the Government of Israel to consider the matter further, while standing ready to be of help.”

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