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Facebook Post: Mass Deportation and African Destination

facebook post: The agreement between Israel and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees would have removed the threat of forced expulsion of about 39,000 people to an unidentified African destination, widely believed to be Rwanda, according to National Observer. The mass deportation was set to begin April 1, but Netanyahu said Monday the plan was called off when it became clear the intended country would not be able to handle absorbing the deported population. Netanyahu revealed the sudden change in a Facebook post only hours after Israel announced it would scrap its plan to deport thousands of migrants and refugees mainly from Eritrea and Sudan after reaching a deal with the UN to send more than 16,000 of them to other countries. ; Canada had been one of the countries expected to resettle some of the asylum seekers, but it remained to be seen whether the Liberal government would increase the number of refugees from the area who were already destined to arrive here. Now, Netanyahu said he will consult further on the plan. Earlier Monday, he said discussions were ongoing with countries that could resettle asylum seekers. Jean-Nicolas Beuze, the UN refugee agency's representative in Canada, said he had no comment on the news that Netanyahu had changed his mind. ( As reported in the news.