Immigration authorities early Monday morning rounded up dozens of African illegal migrants for deportation in Eilat and other southern cities.

The roundup, carried out by the Population and Immigration Authority's Oz Unit, came one day after authorities arrested 22 migrants in Eilat, among them eight from South Sudan.

The Jerusalem District Court on Thursday rejected a petition by human rights groups to bar the expulsion of South Sudanese migrants, who were supposed to have one week to leave voluntarily before Israeli started arresting them.

The Department of Immigration said that though the week had not passed, they were still allowed to begin arresting the illegal migrants.

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