'Eritrean migrants rape girl, assault boyfriend'

Announcement of alleged crime comes on heels of another alleged sexual assault, rape of young woman by African migrants.

Rape 370 (photo credit: Thinkstock/Imagebank)
Rape 370
(photo credit: Thinkstock/Imagebank)
Police arrested three Eritrean migrants for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl and assaulting her boyfriend near the Tel Aviv Central Bus Station late last month, authorities revealed on Thursday after a media ban was lifted.
The announcement came after another alleged sexual assault and rape of a young woman by African migrants in south Tel Aviv, and is likely to further escalate tensions in the area.
According to police, the couple had left a nightclub on Shivat Zion Street on the night of Independence Day when they were set upon by three men.
The men dragged them behind a building and two proceeded to rape the girl, while her boyfriend, also a minor, was held down. The suspects also stole cash and a gold necklace before fleeing. They did not use weapons.
The male victim was not seriously injured.
Detectives from the Yiftah police sub-district in Tel Aviv questioned dozens of migrants who eventually led them to the three suspects. The first suspect, aged 24, was arrested on May 2 and the other two suspects, aged 18, were arrested in the past week. The two 18 year olds denied the accusations against them.
Police said that the Eritreans had entered Israel illegally from Egypt one to two years ago.
Two of the migrants are suspected of raping the girl and all three are suspected of assault and robbery.
Earlier this week, police said that officers on a routine foot patrol found a 19-year-old woman encircled by African migrants who had allegedly sexually assaulted and robbed her.
“We believe she had been raped by one of the suspects as well,” the Tel Aviv Police spokeswoman added.
The officers spotted Eritrean and Sudanese men surrounding the Bat Yam woman in a parking lot on Sharon Street in south Tel Aviv. She had been on her way home from a nightclub. Approaching the group, police saw that the men were sexually assaulting her, the spokeswoman said.
Police arrested four suspects, while two others managed to flee.
Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch (Yisrael Beytenu) toured south Tel Aviv on Wednesday, criticizing Interior Minister Eli Yishai (Shas) for the failure of the Interior Ministry’s Oz immigration unit to begin delivering illegal migrants to a prison facility built for that purpose.
“They asked us to create prison places. We prepared 2,000 places, but we have not been brought even a single prisoner,” he said.
Anywhere between 300 and 500 illegal African migrants have been entering the country every week from Egypt, Aharonovitch added.
He proposed focusing on stopping the flow of infiltrators, and giving those in Israel the incentive of leaving by providing each with NIS 1,000 and a plane ticket out of the country.