IDF blocks convoy from accessing stranded asylum seekers
September 6, 2012 15:36
Police and the IDF on Thursday blocked a convoy of approximately 20 doctors, nurses, medical students, and activists attempting to make contact with and check the medical condition of a group of asylum seekers currently stranded on the Egyptian side of the Egypt-Israel border fence.
On Wednesday, the government issued a statement saying that Israel has no legal obligation to allow the migrants to enter the country.
"There has been no determination by any international body according to which Sudanese or Eritrean citizens are persecuted in Egypt or that their lives are in danger. Therefore, there is no legal obligation to allow entry into Israel of those who are near the fence,” the statement read.