PM: Egypt fence nearly complete, deportations to start soon

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May 24, 2012 18:06

 
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Commenting on the situation in south Tel Aviv, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Thursday afternoon that the border fence with Egypt will be completed in a number of months, and that Israel would soon begin deporting the illegal immigrants.

Speaking about fiery speeches made by members of Knesset late Wednesday at a protest against illegal infiltrators, Netanyahu said that "there is no room for the types of comments and actions that we saw last night. I say these things to the general public and to the residents of south Tel Aviv whose pain we understand: We will solve this problem in a responsible manner."

On Wednesday, protesters gathered across the country to protest the growing influx of African infiltrators in Israel. Over 1,000 people attended the demonstration in Tel Aviv’s Hatikva neighborhood, holding signs calling for the deportation of the migrants, one of which read “Bibi [Netanyahu] decide – Sudan or Israel.” Similar demonstrations were held in Eilat, Bnei Brak, Sderot, Ashdod and Ashkelon.

Police arrested a total of 17 people during the protest for rioting, attempted assault, possession of knives and looting store fronts.

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