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Eritrean asylum seekers protest over lack of refugee status in Israel

ICC Note

Eritrea is known for persecuting Christians and political dissidents. Israel should give full legal protection for Eritrean refugees that live in the country.

By Nurit Wurgaft

12/18/2008 Eritrea (Haartez)-Some 200 Eritrean nationals held a quiet demonstration outside the Defense Ministry offices in Tel Aviv on Tuesday, protesting limitations on their movement imposed by the state.

The protesters, some of the estimated 4,000 Eritreans who have entered Israel illegally, thanked the Israeli authorities and people for their treatment, yet asked that limitations be dropped and that they be recognized as refugees.

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