File - African migrants lie on benches in a bus stop outside Holot, Israel's new Negev desert detention centre January 30, 2014. (REUTERS/Amir Cohen)
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Israel's cabinet voted Sunday to close a migrant detention center, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced an agreement to deport 40,000 Africans who entered the country illegally.Ministers unanimously approved plans to shutter the Holot center in southern Israel and gave migrants a three-month deadline to leave the country or face deportation, said the interior and public security ministries.Holot, an open facility in the desert that can host 1,200 migrants who are allowed to leave to work during the day, would be closed three months from Dec. 16, according to the decision.Neither Erdan nor Netanyahu gave details about the deal and the third country.
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