The UN Human Rights Office has expressed deep concern over the significant number of injuries sustained during recent confrontations involving Eritreans in Israel.
Last Saturday, Tel Aviv witnessed a clash that resulted in around 140 individuals sustaining injuries. The altercation involved violent clashes between Israeli law enforcement and internal conflicts among supporters and opponents of the Eritrean government.
The turmoil began when Eritrean activists requested that Israeli authorities cancel an event organized by the Eritrean embassy.
In a statement posted on X, previously known as Twitter, the UN voiced its alarm over the high injury count amid protests involving opposing Eritrean demonstrators, especially in Israel. They emphasized the importance of conducting thorough investigations and called for the avoidance of hate speech, particularly by authorities.
The UN also stressed the need for the full respect of the “principle of non-refoulement,” which safeguards refugees and asylum seekers.
In response to the unrest, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu characterized the actions of the rioters as crossing a “red line” and ordered the removal of African migrants he deemed “illegal infiltrators.”