Israeli policemen and immigration officers arrest an African asylum seeker after spending the last two days protesting in an outdoor camp near the Nitzana border crossing with Egypt in the Negev Desert on June 29, 2014. AFP PHOTO/OREN ZIV
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Hundreds of illegal African immigrants began a hunger strike Monday after Israeli police forcibly broke up a sit-in they were staging along the Egyptian border.Israel opened Holot detention camp in the Negev desert last year as part of a crackdown on illegal immigrants, with the facility open by day but locked down at night.Sunday evening, police and immigration officials "violently" broke up the border encampment and took the demonstrators to Saharonim, another detention camp for African immigrants, the demonstrators said in a statement.
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