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Some 200 African migrants freed from detention

More than 200 African migrants in jail in Israel are released by order of the Supreme Court, after a deal to deport them to another African country remained unsigned.

Some 207 African migrants and asylum seekers are released over several hours on Sunday from the Saharonim Prison in southern Israel, where they have been held after refusing to leave Israel voluntarily.

The Supreme Court last week ordered them to be released on Sunday — the day the government was to present its final plan for sending them to another country, in the absence of such a plan, which would require agreement from a third country to take them in. The court also ordered the government’s deportation plan suspended for an additional two weeks, Haaretz reported.

— JTA

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