Around 1,000 African migrant detainees marched from the Holot Detention Facility towards the Egypt border on Friday to protest their detention in Israel and to ask for the United Nations and the international community to help their cause, organizers said.
They protesters were stopped about 300 meters from the border - a closed military zone - by IDF soldiers. They are currently camped out at the location and are refusing to return to the facility.
Sivan Weizman, spokesperson for the Israel Prison Service, which runs Holot, said that the protestors have until 10pm to return to the facility on their own and if they don't, police could arrest them and move them to the non-open detention facilities. She added that the IPS is not doing anything to the protestors and that the moment they left the facility and refused to return it became a police and immigration authorities issue.
The protest is the latest in a series of demonstrations held by detainees at the facility, home to some 2,300 migrants. Already for over a week detainees have refused to sign in or sign out when coming or going from the facility and have held daily protests inside Holot.