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
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