TA: Sudanese refugees show support for independence vote

January 9, 2011 15:42

Over 300 Sudanese refugees took part in a rally in South Tel Aviv supporting a week-long independence referendum taking place in South Sudan that is likely to create the world's newest nation.

The oil-rich, mainly Christian south is widely expected to secede from the mainly Muslim north, splitting Africa's largest country in two. The north has promised to let the south go peacefully.There are said to be some 5,000 to 6,000 refugees from Sudan in Israel, according to Sharon Harel, assistant protection officer for the United Nations high commissioner for refugees in Tel Aviv.

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