Interior Ministry: 1100 Africans sneak into Israel monthly

November 8, 2010 18:24

The number of African economic migrants and asylum seekers sneaking into Israel has leaped this year, Interior Ministry spokesperson Sabine Haddad said on Monday

Haddad said that a monthly average of 1,100 people are slipping into Israel through its southern border with Egypt. She said last year's average monthly number was 350 people.

Sigal Rozen, an advocate for the migrants, said the Africans are trying to rush in before Israel begins building a fence on its border with Egypt that will make it more difficult for them to enter.

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