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PHOTOS: Police arrest hundreds of asylum seekers near Egypt border

Israeli police arrested hundreds of asylum seekers who walked out of the Holot open prison two days ago near the Nitzana border crossing with Egypt on Sunday evening. The asylum seekers had demanded that the United Nations resettle them in third countries. Representatives of the UN Refugee Agency were present for the arrests.

Read more about the march and their demands here.

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Update (Sunday 9:30 p.m.):

A statement from asylum seekers said they were being taken to Saharonim prison, which is located next to Holot. A number of those arrested were wounded by police, the statement said, adding that those taken to Saharonim would begin a hunger strike.

“We call on UNHCR to find an urgent solution for this situation and to protect our rights as people who have come to Israel to seek asylum and shelter,” the statement added.

Police arrest asylum seekers who left Holot near the Nitzana border crossing with Egypt, June 29, 2014. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Police arrest asylum seekers who left Holot near the Nitzana border crossing with Egypt, June 29, 2014. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Police arrest asylum seekers who left Holot near the Nitzana border crossing with Egypt, June 29, 2014. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Police arrest asylum seekers who left Holot near the Nitzana border crossing with Egypt, June 29, 2014. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Police arrest asylum seekers who left Holot near the Nitzana border crossing with Egypt, June 29, 2014. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Police arrest asylum seekers who left Holot near the Nitzana border crossing with Egypt, June 29, 2014. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Police arrest asylum seekers who left Holot near the Nitzana border crossing with Egypt, June 29, 2014. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Police arrest asylum seekers who left Holot near the Nitzana border crossing with Egypt, June 29, 2014. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Police arrest asylum seekers who left Holot near the Nitzana border crossing with Egypt, June 29, 2014. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Police arrest asylum seekers who left Holot near the Nitzana border crossing with Egypt, June 29, 2014. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

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    1. Harry

      Their demands are to be resettled in a third country by the united Nations.
      And who’s supposed to pay for that?
      Although I can’t blame these people from wanting to escape shithole existences in their homelands, it shouldn’t be up to little Israel, with more than enough problems of its own to suddenly take care of all these people who show up in desperate circumstances and often without documentation. They don’t look starved, and they’re obviously not kept looked up like criminal prisoners, and I’m sure the processing of their applications is at a glacial pace because it takes resources to process them. But I suppose the only thing to do is deport most of them and that’s all. At least they aren’t routinely abused like in most if not all of the countries they passed through on their way to Israel…

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    2. mohammed

      It is an blivibel for for africans spetioly eritreans but it is true i am very sad

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    3. ruthghirmai

      @ david are you a human being i dont think so put your self in their position and think okey,UNHCR has to do some thing urgent before any bad thing happen to the refugees,May god help them

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    4. Hiabu Hassebu

      The Government of Israel is going to lose the whole Africa for the heinous mistreatment of the refugee and definitely they are going to pay as a nation in the near future. As they are neglected politically by all African countries time will come that they will ask asylum in African countries. They will die because of their mis-deeds God of Abrham will punish the perpetrators not the kind people of Israel people.

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    5. amanuel kifle

      Almost a decade ago Israel was granting to Eritrea a 6 month visa in order to set their documents fo residece and work permit,but these was for polical end it was just regime change in Eritrea but did not work, and now migrants from east Africa are in concentration camps like world warII,while UNHR blaming Eritrea,don’t dare to spill a word in the case of Israel

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    6. Khaled Khalid

      Israel won’t let “Cancerous Infiltrators” leave?

      Maybe Israeli soldiers need Africans for Target practice like they do for Palestinians.

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    7. Aklilu

      It is not the matter of being refugee or illegal immigrant beyond all this there is what so called human right

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