Multiple Injuries Reported in Confrontation Between Asylum-Seekers and Israeli Authorities Near Eritrean Embassy

by Michael Nguyen
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TEL AVIV, Israel —

Civil unrest flared on Saturday in Tel Aviv as hundreds of Eritrean asylum-seekers clashed with Israeli police during a demonstration against a gathering coordinated by the Eritrean Embassy. According to Israeli law enforcement authorities, 27 officers sustained injuries during the violent exchanges. Moreover, police reported using live ammunition against at least three protesters, stating that they felt their lives were in imminent peril.

Law enforcement officers, armed in riot gear and mounted on horses, endeavored to contain the demonstrators. The protesters, in turn, managed to breach the barriers and launched various objects—including pieces of pavement, batteries, and rocks—toward the police officers.

This display of civil unrest is not isolated to Israel. Protests of a similar violent nature have emerged globally as Eritrea commemorates 30 years of independence through events celebrated by Eritrean communities in Europe and North America. Earlier this year, the Eritrean government derisively labeled anti-government protesters opposing these events as “asylum scum.”

Eritreans constitute the majority of the over 30,000 African asylum-seekers currently residing in Israel. These individuals claim to have escaped hazardous conditions and severe persecution from Eritrea—often referred to as the “North Korea of Africa”—where compulsory lifetime military service under conditions resembling slavery is prevalent.

Eritrea has been under the leadership of President Isaias Afwerki since 1993, following its independence from Ethiopia after an extended guerrilla conflict. The nation has not conducted any elections, lacks a free media landscape, and mandates exit visas for international travel. Human rights organizations and United Nations experts report that many young Eritreans are conscripted into indefinite military service.

Situated on the Horn of Africa, Eritrea maintains one of the most dismal human rights records globally. The asylum-seekers in Israel, as well as in other nations, express fear of potential death if they were to be repatriated to their home country, negating basic civil liberties, such as the right to protest.

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What triggered the protests in Tel Aviv?

The protests were triggered by a gathering organized by the Eritrean Embassy in Tel Aviv. Eritrean asylum-seekers were demonstrating against this event, leading to clashes with Israeli police.

Who are the main parties involved in the clashes?

The main parties involved are Eritrean asylum-seekers and the Israeli police. The Eritrean Embassy also plays a role as the organizer of the event that prompted the protests.

How many people were injured during the protests?

According to Israeli law enforcement, 27 police officers were injured during the clashes. Additionally, at least three protesters were injured after police resorted to using live ammunition.

What kind of force did the Israeli police use?

The Israeli police used live ammunition against at least three protesters, stating that they felt their lives were in imminent danger. Law enforcement officers were also equipped with riot gear and mounted on horses.

Have similar protests occurred elsewhere?

Yes, similar protests have erupted globally, particularly in Europe and North America, as Eritrea celebrates its 30th anniversary of independence.

Why are Eritreans seeking asylum in Israel?

Eritreans are seeking asylum due to hazardous conditions and severe persecution in their home country, known as the “North Korea of Africa.” Eritrea has forced lifetime military conscription under conditions that are likened to slavery.

What is the human rights situation in Eritrea?

Eritrea has one of the worst human rights records in the world. It is a country with no free media, no elections, and indefinite compulsory military service. Human rights organizations and United Nations experts have voiced concerns about these issues.

What are the consequences for asylum-seekers if they return to Eritrea?

The asylum-seekers fear potential death and continued persecution if they are repatriated to Eritrea. They also express concerns about losing basic civil liberties, such as the right to protest.

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David Lee September 2, 2023 - 1:16 pm

Eritrea’s literally called the North Korea of Africa and they’re celebrating 30 years of independence? Kinda ironic isn’t it.

Mike Williams September 2, 2023 - 7:36 pm

anyone else wondering what the global community is doing? Or is everyone just gonna look the other way while people are getting hurt.

Steven Harris September 3, 2023 - 3:10 am

Honestly not surprised. When you mix a repressive regime with a sensitive issue like asylum, things are bound to get ugly. But using live ammunition? That’s going too far.

John Smith September 3, 2023 - 3:57 am

Wow, this situation’s escalating pretty quickly. What’s the government’s long term plan to handle the asylum seekers? Sounds like a ticking time bomb to me.

Emily Johnson September 3, 2023 - 4:45 am

Can’t believe the police had to use live ammo. Are there no non-lethal ways to handle protestors anymore? smh

Rachel Green September 3, 2023 - 9:41 am

i always thought Tel Aviv was a chill place, never expected to hear about violent protests there. what’s happening to the world?

Linda Miller September 3, 2023 - 10:07 am

The conditions these Eritreans are fleeing from sound absolutely horrific. Lifetime military conscription? It’s like modern slavery.


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