Israeli security forces were forced to intervene as pro-refugee activists faced off with counter protesters in southern Tel Aviv on Tuesday.
The opposing rallies gathered outside an event called 'South Tel Aviv Against Deportation', which had been organised by a local community group.
Refugee supporters were protesting against the government’s plans to force African refugees and asylum seekers from Israel, when a counter rally headed by the 'South Tel Aviv Liberation Front' arrived to show their support of the authorities’ decision.
An Eritrean Asylum seeker named Joni attended the rally. "They want to deport us from here, to Ruanda and Uganda, I'm not even from there. No one can tell me where to go", he said.
Police worked to disperse arguing protesters. No arrests were made.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced his deportation plans on January 3, giving refugees 90 days’ notice to leave the country, or else the government has warned 'to use other tools' at their disposal.
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