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Fire erupts in J´lem home occupied by migrants (JERUSALEM POST) By JPOST COM STAFF 07/12/12) Source: http://www.jpost.com/NationalNews/Article.aspx?id=277184
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A fire erupted in an a Jerusalem apartment occupied by Eritreans on Thursday morning in what police suspect was an arson attack targeting migrants.
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One person was seriously injured as a result of burns, and two others were lightly injured from smoke inhalation. All three were rushed to nearby hospital for treatment.
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Police opened an investigation into the incident. The attack targeted a building in the Mahaneh Yehuda market, which was the scene of a similar attack last month when an arsonist attempted to burn down a building housing 50 foreign workers in the downtown area. Three people were injured in that blaze with minor burns on their arms and legs while attempting to escape the building.
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African migrants have regularly reported being attacked in a number of neighborhoods, including in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Eilat. Assailants have used a number of weapons to assault the migrants, including rocks, bottles, firecrackers and Molotov cocktails.
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Interior Minister Eli Yishai said Wednesday that migrants from the Ivory Coast have less than a week to leave the country and if they do not, the Population, Immigration and Border Authority will deport them. In less than a week, the deadline given to the migrants from the Ivory Coast to leave the country voluntarily will expire,” said Yishai.
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Of the 65,000 African migrants believed to be in the country, the number from the Ivory Coast is estimated to be from a few hundred to some 2,000. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 07/12/12)
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