270 migrants have been detained in recent waves of operations by immigration authorities, the Population and Immigration Authority announced Wednesday. In addition, since the start of the arrests 3 days ago, around 300 South Sudanese have turned themselves in to authorities.
The Jerusalem District Court on Thursday rejected a petition by human rights groups to bar the expulsion of South Sudanese migrants, who were supposed to have one week to leave voluntarily before Israeli authorities started arresting them.
The Department of Immigration said that though the week had not passed, they were still allowed to begin arresting the illegal migrants.
Interior Minister Eli Yishai on Thursday praised the court’s ruling, calling it “the first step in the expulsion of all the ‘infiltrators’ [in Israel].”