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Israel jails first asylum seekers refusing deportation

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Israel jails first group of asylum seekers

Seven Eritrean asylum seekers have been transferred to an Israeli prison indefinitely after refusing to be deported to Rwanda, Israeli human rights groups reported.

The asylum seekers are the first to be placed in indefinite detention since the Israeli government announced it would force tens of thousands of African migrants to choose between deportation to a third country or incarceration for an unspecified length of time.

"This is the first step in a what is a globally unprecedented deportation operation, a move tainted by racism and complete disregard for the life and dignity of asylum seekers," the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants and ASSAF, two Tel Aviv-based refugee rights groups, said in a statement on Wednesday.


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