Eritrean Asylum Seeker Allegedly Stabbed Fellow Eritrean to Death in Be'er Sheva Over Regime Dispute

Police say men had been arguing about the government in their home country. The victim was declared dead at the scene, suspect turned himself in to police a few hours later

Scene of the stabbing, Be'er Sheva, June 4, 2018
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An Eritrean man was arrested Sunday in the stabbing death of a 29-year-old man, also from Eritrea, in Be’er Sheva’s Old City. Police said the men had been arguing about the government in their home country.

Police said Gabar Tilai stabbed the victim, whose name was not released, before dawn at a club frequented by Eritreans. The victim was declared dead at the scene, and Tilai turned himself in to police a few hours later. His detention was extended by the Be’er Sheva Magistrate’s Court until next Wednesday. Another man was also arrested in connection to the stabbing; his detention was extended until Sunday.

Last month dozens of asylum seekers were involved in fights in south Tel Aviv and in the southern Israeli town of Kiryat Malakhi following Eritrea’s Independence Day. Rioters were arrested or injured after supporters and opponents of the regime threw stones and other objects at each other and beat each other up.

The head of the Enforcement and Foreign Affairs Administration in the Interior Ministry’s Population, Immigration and Border Authority, Yossi Edelstein, told a Knesset hearing recently that the agency does not examine whether Eritrean asylum seekers in Israel are supporters or opponents of the regime in their native country.