Israel scraps UN deal to resettle African asylum seekers

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has cancelled a deal with United Nations to relocate African asylum seekers living in the country, a day after reaching an agreement.

    The UN's refugee agency says it is disappointed that Israel has scrapped a deal to relocate half of the African asylum seekers living there.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced intense pressure from right-wing groups which oppose the agreement, which would have let at least 16,000 Africans stay, and another 16,000 resettled in Western countries.

    Al Jazeera's Stefanie Dekker reports from Tel Aviv.


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