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Uganda denies reaching deal with Israel over African asylum seekers

Uganda's state minister for international affairs says that there is no agreement between the east African country and Israel for it to host over 35,000 asylum seekers, mostly Eritreans and Sudanese.

FILE: Asylum seekers stand in line with their documents outside a refugee centre. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Ugandan government has denied reaching a deal with Israel to host thousands of African asylum seekers who have been told to leave the Middle Eastern country in the next three months or face imprisonment.

Uganda's state minister for international affairs says that there is no agreement between the east African country and Israel for it to host over 35,000 asylum seekers, mostly Eritreans and Sudanese.

Last week, Israeli authorities gave the African asylum seekers who fled war and persecution a 90-day ultimatum to leave "to their country or to a third country" or face jail sentences, without stating the third countries.

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