The Jerusalem District Court issued a temporary restraining order, Thursday, against the deportation of infiltrators from South Sudan until April 15th. The court also granted the infiltrators the right to group protection which had been taken away from them. The order was filed in conjunction with a petition by organizations dealing in human rights and assistance to refugees, who claimed concern for the safety and security of the South Sudanese if they are returned to their home at this time, in light of hostility between South Sudan and Sudan.
Earlier in the day, the Foreign Ministry asked the Interior Ministry to delay the deportations of hundreds of South Sudan citizens now living in Israel and to extend their right to group defense. In January, the government decided to repatriate the infiltrators, saying that last year's declaration of South Sudan statehood meant a normalization of the situation, but the Foreign Ministry decided to re-examine its position with the return of an envoy from the region in light of reports of fighting between South Sudan and Sudan as well as among tribes in South Sudan.