Israel suspends plan to send African migrants to West

sraeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has suspended a deal with the UN to give residency to thousands of African migrants in exchange for Western nations resettling the same number.

Hours after announcing the deal, he put it on hold, saying he would speak with residents of south Tel Aviv, where many of the migrants live.

The arrangement had drawn opposition from within his governing coalition.

It replaced a plan for mass deportations to Africa.

The nations were reported to be Uganda and Rwanda and Israel’s Supreme Court had blocked deportations meant to begin on Sunday.

Under the five-year agreement with the UN refugee agency, some 16,250 African migrants who entered the country illegally, many of them seeking asylum, would be resettled in Western nations, which Mr Netanyahu had said included Germany, Italy and Canada.

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