Eritrean man stabbed to death in Netanya, in latest brawl between migrants

Violence between supporters and opponents of regime has been on the rise; deadly incident follows overnight clashes in Tel Aviv

Police at the scene of a brawl between Eritrean migrants in Netanya, Sept. 30, 2023. (Israel Police)
Police at the scene of a brawl between Eritrean migrants in Netanya, Sept. 30, 2023. (Israel Police)

An Eritrean man was stabbed to death in Netanya on Saturday during a brawl that left eight other Eritreans injured.

One of the injured, a man in his 30s, was in serious condition, and the rest of the casualties were in light-to-moderate condition.

Footage of the scene on Herzl Street in Netanya showed chairs being thrown and police breaking up the fight by firing in the air.

Police suspect that the man who was murdered opposed the regime in Eritrea and was stabbed by the government’s supporters.

Police said they arrested ten people who had armed themselves with clubs and stones and were planning to target other members of the community.

On Friday night, a brawl between Eritreans in south Tel Aviv sent two people to the hospital in serious condition. Earlier in the week, another Eritrean asylum seeker was stabbed to death under similar circumstances.

Earlier this month, a massive brawl broke out outside the Eritrean embassy in Tel Aviv between supporters and opponents of the regime, leaving nearly 200 people injured.

Since that brawl, violence between Eritreans in Israel has been on the rise.

Members of the community have been warning of public calls to attack opponents of the regime that have appeared on social media.

Hundreds of thousands of people have fled Eritrea over the years, with large numbers setting off into the deserts of Sudan and then North Africa. Many seek to reach safety in Europe.

According to June statistics, there are 17,850 Eritrean migrants in Israel.

President Isaias Afwerki, 77, has led Eritrea since it won independence from Ethiopia in a long guerrilla war. There are no elections, no free press, and exit visas are required.

Many young people are forced into military service with no end date, human rights groups and United Nations experts say.

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