IDF lookout Egypt border.
(photo credit: Channel 10)
The number of African economic migrants and asylum seekers sneaking into Israel has leaped this year, Interior Ministry spokesperson Sabine Haddad said on Monday
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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.
Work on the fence is expected to begin this month, but the project has already been delayed several times.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu originally called for the construction
of a fence to keep out illegal African infiltrators in January.
There are at least 17,000 illegal African migrants and asylum seekers in
Israel in addition to 120,000 foreigners with expired work permits.