Israel frees detained migrants set for Rwanda after relocation deal collapses
Thursday April 5 2018
African migrants demonstrate in Jerusalem on April 4, 2018, against Israeli Prime Minister's cancellation of an agreement with the United Nations aimed at avoiding forced deportations. AFP PHOTO | MENAHEM KAHANA
Netanyahu said on Tuesday he was cancelling an agreement with the UN refugee agency to relocate thousands of African migrants, bowing to right-wing at home pressure to scrap the deal.
Some 200 additional migrants are still being held at the Saharonim detention centre in southern Israel awaiting possible deportation to Uganda.
The long-term fate of the freed migrants remains unclear but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he is seeking a new relocation deal.