File photo shows an Israeli detention center where over 2,000 people, mostly Eritrean and Sudanese nationals, are held captive.
Rights groups say the Israeli regime arrests Sudanese and Eritrean immigrants and forces them to go back to their countries.
In a joint report published on Wednesday, Human Rights Watch and the Israeli Hotline for Migrant Workers, an Israeli non-governmental organization, accused the Tel Aviv regime of “threatening detained Eritrean and Sudanese nationals, including asylum seekers, with prolonged detention to pressure them to leave” the occupied Palestinian territories.
Since December 11, 2012, the Israeli regime has pressured hundreds of detained Sudanese and one Eritrean to leave, and "in February 2013, some 50 detained Eritreans agreed under similar pressure to leave for Uganda. All 50 remain in Israeli detention," the report added.
According to the report, the pressure is put on the Africans by Israeli authorities such as the Population and Immigration Border Authority.
Gerry Simpson, a senior refugee researcher at Human Rights Watch, said "Israel's prolonged detention of asylum seekers aims to shatter all hope so they feel they have no real choice but to leave.”
More than 2,000 Africans, including at least 1,100 Eritreans and 600 Sudanese nationals, are held captive at two detention centers in the south of the occupied Palestinian territories.