130 South Sudanese migrants return to Juba

July 12, 2012 12:33


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One hundred and thirty South Sudanese migrants returned to the capital, Juba, from Tel Aviv on Thursday, on the fourth plane to leave in "Operation Going Back Home."

The plane included 70 women and children. One volunteer told Army Radio, "We are sad to leave, it was fun for us. We enjoyed it there."

The 130 South Sudan nationals are part of the 300 staying in Israel that agreed to leave voluntarily. The United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs recently ruled that the return of South Sudanese to their country must be done on a voluntary basis, due to the country's instability.

Israel has implemented several measures in recent months aimed at stemming the flow of African migrants. More than 200 South Sudanese nationals were placed on flights to the capital Juba last month, but the entire community is estimated at between 700 and 1,500 people, according to the Population, Immigration and Border Authority.

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