African migrants and Israelis demonstrate in the city of Jerusalem on April 3, 2018, against the Israeli government's policy to forcibly deport African refugees and asylum seekers. AFP / MENAHEM KAHANA
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceled an agreement with the U.N. refugee agency Tuesday aimed at avoiding forced deportations of thousands of African migrants only hours after having announced the deal himself. The stunning turnaround after Netanyahu announced the accord in a televised address Monday afternoon came as he faced mounting pressure from his right-wing base.The U.N. refugee agency urged Netanyahu to reconsider.The agreement had been designed to end the possibility of forced deportations of several thousand migrants to Rwanda under a controversial plan put forward by Netanyahu in January.Tuesday morning, Netanyahu held talks with residents of southern Tel Aviv, where many of the migrants live.Netanyahu said he was forced to resort to the deal with the U.N. after Rwanda indicated it would not be able to follow through on the previous plan.Netanyahu specifically mentioned Rwanda for the first time in his Monday Facebook post.
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