There is great excitement in Israel over the brutal street fighting of Eritrean asylum seekers: mostly illegal immigrants turned the north of Tel Aviv into a battlefield, beating each other with sticks and throwing heavy stones at their opponents. At least 160 migrants and police officers were injured in these riots.
A Jewish Twitter user writes: “Get on the plane home – you could commit genocide in your own homeland. I don’t understand why Israel should burden itself with these violent people.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has already recognized this mood among the population and wants to respond immediately: a task force should be immediately established that will examine all options for stronger action – Eritrea, the Jerusalem Post reports. There should also be exile.
The 160 injured included several police officers who had tried to stop the riots. The condition of two seriously injured people still remains critical, meaning their lives are in danger.
Israeli NGOs criticized that police used “excessive force” against rioters and beat up asylum seekers.
In early July – eXXpress reported – serious riots also occurred at the Eritrean festival in Giessen (de) – 60 people were arrested.
ORF reports on street fighting between Eritrean asylum seekers as follows: “At least 135 people were injured in serious clashes between Israeli police and Eritrean refugees in the coastal city of Tel Aviv. Hundreds of Eritreans protested against the government in front of their country’s embassy today, Israeli media reported.
The fact that asylum seekers tried to kill each other before Israeli police intervention has not yet been specifically shown by ORF.