S. Sudan officials: Israel gov't said they'd free detainees

June 15, 2012 15:25

Members of a South Sudanese delegation to Israel told The Jerusalem Post on Friday that Israeli government officials promised them that South Sudanese migrants who have been arrested in the past week would be released until their deportation.

The Population, Immigration and Borders Authority (PIBA) said no such deal was reached.

Some 300 migrants have been arrested in the past week since the Interior Ministry issued South Sudanese migrants a one-week ultimatum to leave voluntarily in exchange for a plane ticket home and a cash grant or be arrested and expelled.

PIBA extended the deadline on Friday, saying the program had been very successful, with some 300 South Sudanese migrants volunteering to leave.

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