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Ministers agree to accelerate immigration of 5,000 Ethiopians to Israel

Illustrative photo showing Ethiopian immigrants arrive at the Ben Gurion airport December 3, 2020. (AP/Sebastian Scheiner)
Illustrative photo showing Ethiopian immigrants arrive at the Ben Gurion airport December 3, 2020. (AP/Sebastian Scheiner)

Immigration Absorption Minister Pnina Tamano-Shata and Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked say they’ve agreed to speed up the immigration of 5,000 Ethiopians claiming Jewish descent, amid intensifying fighting in Ethiopia.

Those included in the agreement have first-degree relatives in Israel and were eligible to immigrate under a 2015 government decision, under which 9,000 people would be brought to the Jewish state.

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