The Israeli government had two months ago issued a 90-day notice for thousands of African migrants to leave the country or face imprisonment.
Reacting to the quit notice, the African migrants had stated that they prefer going to prison in the European country than return to Africa.
But speaking yesterday at an event to celebrate the Negev Region held in Dimona, the Israeli PM said that he has recently completed a fence along “more than 200 kilometers of the border with Sinai.”
According to Netanyahu, the border fence constructed along Israel’s border with Egypt is holding back a potential “flood” of illegal migrants from Africa.
Without the fence, “we would be faced with … severe attacks by Sinai terrorists, and something much worse, a flood of illegal migrants from Africa,” Netanyahu said.
The country’s interior ministry had earlier claimed that there are currently some 42,000 African migrants in Israel.
The migrants, according to the Minister, are mainly from Sudan and Eritrea.
Credit: Daily Post