Prison service to begin moving migrants to new Negev detention facility

December 12, 2013 09:47

The Israel Prison Service will begin operating the new open detention facility for African migrants in the Negev on Thursday. The IPS reported Thursday morning that at 10am they will begin moving 480 migrants currently held in nearby Saharonim prison to the facility.

The IPS said the list of which migrants to move was compiled by the Interior Ministry, who gave them the list of names.

The move follows the passing by the Knesset of an ammendment to the anti-Infiltration law on Tuesday, which allows the state to hold people who illegally entered Israel to one year in the facility, which will be open in the day time and closed at night.

Currently the facility has room for a maximum of 1,000 people and in the coming months will be expanded to house 3,300.

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