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(photo credit: REUTERS)
The National Council for Construction and Planning approved a plan on Tuesday to
build a detention center in the South to hold illegal African
The facility will allocate only 4.5 square meters to each
detainee, the council said.
According to the Defense Ministry, the
project will cost NIS 250 million and will begin detaining migrants within a few
The detention center will be built on a “campus model,” with an
emphasis on “the maintenance of community life,” the ministry said.
will include classrooms, computer labs, kindergartens, medical centers, hair
salons, and sports and recreation areas.
The facility will house
detainees in sections according to their place of origin. Religious and
community centers will also be built on campus, the ministry said.
construction is finished, the facility will be able to hold up to 11,000
detainees. The Interior Ministry estimates that there are around 50,000 illegal
migrants from Africa in Israel.
The program is awaiting cabinet approval.