Transportation minister laments 'shocking' Libya migrant tragedy

April 20, 2015 19:58

JERUSALEM - Israel said on Monday the drowning of hundreds of Africans off Libya's coast was tragic but validated its own policy of having buffered its land barriers with Africa to keep migrants away.

Yisrael Katz, transport minister in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's outgoing cabinet, called the deaths in the Mediterranean a "tragedy that shocks all humanity" which also showcases Europe's difficulties in handling the migrant flow.

"Look at how correct the (Israeli) government's policy was to build a fence along the border with Egypt to block the way to labour migrants from Africa from reaching Israel," Katz, added in a post written on his Facebook page.

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