Shaked hits back at Ukraine envoy after claims of denying refugees entry

Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked speaks at a conference in Jerusalem, February 21, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked speaks at a conference in Jerusalem, February 21, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked responds to accusations made by Ukraine’s ambassador to Israel that the Jewish state has denied entry to dozens of refugees fleeing the war in Europe.

“Yesterday, 97 refugees entered Israel and two were refused, for justifiable reasons. Let the professionals of the Population and Immigration Authority do their job,” she tells Army Radio.

“Along with helping Ukraine, we must ultimately safeguard the interests of the State of Israel,” Shaked declares.

Several Ukrainians who fled the fighting but lack legal status in Israel were detained at Ben Gurion Airport, Ukrainian Ambassador to Israel Yevgen Korniychuk said yesterday.

According to Korniychuk and a lawyer representing the refugees, they came to Israel to stay with family, but the state was requesting a deposit of several thousand shekels before they were allowed to enter. The deposit is held to guarantee that the Ukrainians will eventually leave Israel.

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