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Israel nixes plan to deport African migrants

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/25/18, 09:07 am

The Israeli government on Tuesday canceled all pending deportation orders of African migrants, admitting it can’t forcibly expel them. Israel currently houses approximately 35,000 African refugees, the majority of them from Sudan and Eritrea. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last month agreed with the United Nations to send half of the migrants to Western nations but retracted the plan after facing backlash. In an earlier move, the government considered forcibly resettling the migrants in Rwanda and Uganda.

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Escalating conflict in Syria

International | Americans shoot down Iranian-made drone in latest confrontation
by Mindy Belz
Posted 6/21/17, 03:34 pm

SYRIA: A U.S. F-15 fighter jet downed an Iranian-made drone in southern Syria Tuesday, the third time this month that coalition warplanes have shot down a pro-Syrian government aircraft. It’s just one more indicator of escalating conflict involving U.S., Russian, and Iranian forces, as confrontations threaten areas of Jordan and Israel.

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More than 7,000 migrants died this year

Immigration | Stopgap measures by the European Union might not help in the long term
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/27/16, 01:19 pm

More than 7,000 people died on migratory routes this year, the highest annual number ever recorded by the International Organization for Migration. The casualties increased this year despite a reduction in the number of migrants, the organization said.

The central Mediterranean Sea route, which runs from Libya to Italy, proved to be the most deadly, accounting for more than 5,000 of the total casualties. More deaths are expected before the end of the year, IOM said.

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