Israel paid African country to accept migrants before cancelling UN deal: Report

African migrants wait for a bus after being released from Saharonim Prison in the Negev desert in Israel, 4 April (Reuters)

Israel paid financial sums to an African state last month in return for accepting thousands of Eritreans and Sudanese asylum seekers living in the south of Tel Aviv city, as part of a mass deportation plan approved by the Israeli government, according to the Hebrew news site Ynet.

Israel has now technically cancelled the plan to forcibly deport migrants, but it remains unclear as to whether the government will attempt to partially or fully reinstate the plan in the coming weeks and months.

The African state that will act as the “third country” in the deportation plan was not named by Ynet, but alludes to it being Uganda.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week…

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