African migrants’ Tel Aviv residences bombed for second time

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Two firebombs hit a residence in south Tel Aviv that is home to African asylum seekers.

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It is the second such incident in the last two weeks.

No one we injured in Saturday night’s attack, which targeted a home in the Hatikvah neighborhood of south Tel Aviv, Haaretz reported.

On April 27, firebombs were thrown at four houses of migrants from Sudan and Eritrea in the Shapira neighborhood, as well as at a public park where some migrants sleep. No one was injured in the incident, but some of the structures were damaged. One of the apartments also was used as a day care center.

A 20-year-old resident of south Tel Aviv was arrested in connection with the April case.

Some 40,000 African migrants looking for work and another 20,000 asylum seekers are estimated to live in south Tel Aviv, according to Haaretz, citing city officials. Tensions between Israeli residents and the African migrants have been on the rise in recent months.

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