Dozens injured in a protest by asylum-seekers outside Eritrean Embassy in Israel

AP , Saturday 2 Sep 2023

A dozen Eritrean asylum seekers were wounded by Israeli police gunfire in Tel Aviv on Saturday after a demonstration against an Eritrean government event turned violent, police and medical sources said.

Eritrea protests in Tel Aviv
Eritrean protesters clash with Israeli riot police in Tel Aviv, Israel, Saturday, Sept. 2, 2023. AP


Clashes began outside a south Tel Aviv venue that was set to host a pro-regime event organised by the Eritrean embassy in Israel.

Hundreds of anti-government Eritreans came to the site to prevent the event from taking place. Police declared the gathering an illegal demonstration and used live fire against protestors, noting that 27 of their members were wounded.  

Magen David Adom, Israel's emergency service, said it treated 114 people, eight of whom were in serious condition.

Tel Aviv's Ichilov Hospital said it treated 43 people wounded in the clashes, including a dozen with gunshot wounds.

Police said they were reinforcing their personnel in the area, with reports of clashes between Eritreans and police, as well as between supporters and opponents of Eritrea's regime, continuing elsewhere in south Tel Aviv.

As of June, there were 17,850 asylum seekers from Eritrea in Israel, most of whom had arrived illegally years ago.

They settled in a number of poor neighbourhoods in the coastal city of Tel Aviv, the country's economic capital.

Eritrea has been led by authoritarian President Isaias Afwerki since its formal declaration of independence in 1993. It is one of the world's most isolated states and sits near the bottom of global rankings for press freedom, human rights, civil liberties and economic development.

*This story was edited by Ahram Online

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