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Asylum seekers rally outside U.N. office in Tel Aviv

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Date: 13.2.14 Source: UPI
 Asylum seekers from Africa rallied Thursday outside a United Nations office in Tel Aviv, asking for help in remaining in Israel.
The demonstration was one of many held against the Anti-Infiltration Law and the detention of hundreds of African immigrants in the Holot open detention camp in southern Israel, the Jerusalem Post reported. Army Radio said that hundreds of people marched Thursday from a Tel Aviv park to the U.N. offices.
 
Many in the group carried signs bearing the date "1951," when the Convention relating to the status of refugees was signed.
 
An official with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees came out to speak to the crowd, telling them to get in touch with the Israeli Population, Immigration and Borders Authority.
 
The government says about 54,000 Africans, mostly from Sudan and Eritrea, are in Israel and seeking asylum.
 
"We absolutely stopped the infiltration into Israel and now we are determined to remove from Israel the illegal work infiltrators that entered Israel," Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has said, telling the immigrants that "protests won't help."