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Palestinian gov't slams Israel's killing of Gaza protestors as "massacre"

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"Despite legal restraints and global difficulties that are piling up, we will continue to act with determination to explore all of the options at our disposal to remove the infiltrators", Netanyahu said in his statement on Tuesday.

Dozens of migrants and their Israeli supporters protested the suspension outside Netanyahu's office in Jerusalem and government offices in Tel Aviv, as he met with the neighborhood representatives.

Israel's statement announcing the new plan on Monday said there was no longer a need to send migrants to unnamed third countries. We have to completely cancel the agreement.

Israel had originally planned to deport thousands of asylum seekers from Sudan, Ethiopia and Eritrea back to Africa starting in April.

The UNHCR urged Netanyahu to "reconsider" his decision to scrub the deal.

Labor Party leader Avi Gabbay slammed the sudden turnaround on Army Radio questioning if defense decisions are also made in the same manner.

A minimum of 16 250 migrants will be resettled in Western nations including Canada, Germany and Italy under the agreement, according to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

By late Monday evening, Netanyahu wrote on Facebook that he was suspending implementation of the agreement for the time being.




Netanyahu said he had assessed the advantages and disadvantages of the deal. Sharren Haskel is a member of parliament for the governing Likud party.

Commenting on the situation, Education Minister Naftali Bennett expressed satisfaction with Israel's suspension of the United Nations deal, but, he emphasized, 'that is not enough.

"It is sad, troubling and even a little scary that decisions are made that way", Gabbay said. Rwanda, along with Uganda, had repeatedly denied getting into an agreement with Israel-even though both said they would welcome migrants if they arrived.

Under the new five-year plan, Israel will "regulate" the status of those not being resettled - signalling they will be allowed to stay at least temporarily.

Tens of thousands of Israelis and asylum seekers have protested Netanyahu's forced deportation plan, and on Monday had applauded the United Nations agreement and celebrated a major victory.

The policy was reached as a deal with the UN Human Rights Council (UNHCR), the agency that handles issues with refugees and migrants.

Netanyahu announced the deal on Monday after a plan to deport the migrants to an unnamed African country, presumed to be Rwanda, fell through. The Israeli supreme court last month ordered a temporary halt to the expulsion plan, demanding more details from the state on the agreement the government claimed it had with Rwanda to take deportees.