Israel has nearly 25,000 asylum seekers from the African country.
Violent clashes in Tel Aviv, Israel, between police and Eritrean asylum seekers.
At least 114 personasincluding 30 police officers, were injured, eight of them seriously.
Everything was triggered after a group of Eritreans boycotted an event held by their own embassy in the Israeli city. The police then intervened, unleashing a real pitched battle.
The Eritreans, according to the authorities, threw “boards and stones, destroyed the surrounding stores and set fires.” The Police, for their part, dispersed the protesters with tear gas, stun bombs and even gunshots.
Victims arrived en masse at hospitals with gunshot and knife wounds, as well as serious head injuries, on a scale unprecedented since the Second Intifada (2000-2005), according to hospital general director Ichilov. Ronnie Gamzu.
Haim Bublil, Police chief of the Yarkon district told the local press that he was “surprised by the intensity of the violence,” while representatives of the Eritrean community in Israel claim that they warned the authorities a week ago.
Israel has about 25,000 asylum seekers from Eritrea, considered one of the countries with the worst human rights record in the world. Many asylum seekers fear having to return to their country.