African migrants protest deportations 370.
(photo credit: Ben Hartman)
A group of African migrants attacked an officer and two other guards, one of
them female, at the tent city section of the Saharonim detention facility on
Tuesday, leaving three guards lightly hurt, the Prisons Service reported on
According to Prisons Service spokeswoman Sivan Weitzman, while
guards were distributing packages brought by visitors, one detainee who said he
didn’t receive an item he was expecting, punched the commander of the tent city
section of the detention center.
When other officers came to assist the
commander they were swarmed by a group of around 20 other detainees who began
attacking them, Weitzman said.
The detainees were eventually subdued and
the three lightly wounded officers were treated at the scene.
incident was the second time in two days that the facility has made the
On Sunday, the Prisons Service reported
that over the weekend a
group of 340 migrants from Block 7 of the detention center refused to return to
their cells and remained in a prison yard, saying that they were being held
illegally in the detention center and must be released.
Prisons Service officers were able to remove them from the yard and return them
to their cells.
The protesters were African migrants who had been
detained in the facility indefinitely under the amendment to the Prevention of
Infiltration Law (1954) that went into effect last summer. It allows the state
to jail people who enter the country illegally for three years or
Weitzman said that such incidents are commonplace at all of the
prisons across Israel, and that the Prisons Service does not see them as out of
the ordinary for a facility holding large numbers of people. She added that the
Prisons Service has not decided to beef up security or make any other personnel
or policy changes in response to the events of this week.