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African migrants march in Israel demanding rights

January 5, 2014
Associated Press

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Thousands of African migrants are marching in Israel's financial center, Tel Aviv, demanding work rights and better treatment from the Israeli government.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said about 10,000 migrants marched through Tel Aviv on Sunday.

Protestors said they are on a three-day strike to protest a crackdown on migrants. They called on the government to allow them to work legally and for other rights.

Tens of thousands of Africans, mostly Sudanese and Eritreans, have trekked through neighboring countries to reach Israel in recent years. Some are fleeing oppression while others seek work.

Their influx in some areas has caused tension with locals who accuse them of being responsible for rising crime rates.

Israel cannot forcibly evict them because of dangers in their home countries.

 
 

 

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