Interior Minister Eli Yishai on Monday addressed the arrest of dozens of migrants on Monday morning, saying that the deportation of South Sudanese was just a first step towards the deportation of all migrants from Israel. Immigration authorities rounded up around 50 illegal African migrants for deportation in Eilat and other southern cities. The number is expected to grow throughout the day, as arrests are still being made across the country.

The migrants in both cities also said that members of the community were staying indoors to avoid arrest. The roundup, carried out by the Population and Immigration Authority's Oz Unit, came one day after authorities arrested 25 migrants in Eilat, among them eight from South Sudan.

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