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Hundreds of African immigrants in Israel on mass hunger strike

File picture shows illegal African immigrants taking part in a protest march near Lahav junction in southern Israel on their way to Jerusalem on December 16, 2013Hundreds of illegal African immigrants began a hunger strike on Monday after Israeli police forcibly broke up a sit-in they were staging along the Egyptian border. Around 1,000 Africans, mostly from Eritrea and Sudan, had marched Friday to the border and set up a makeshift camp to protest against their “inhuman and unlimited” detention at Holot facility. Israel opened Holot detention camp in the southern Negev desert last year as part of a crackdown on illegal immigrants, with the facility open by day but locked down at night. The demonstrators have said Holot is akin to prison and have also slammed what they said was Israel’s failure to process their asylum requests.

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