Police clamp down on illegal immigrants in Durban

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Tense stand-off in the Durban CBD between police and a group of locals who oppose the Peace March on 16 April, 2015.

Tense stand-off in the Durban CBD between police and a group of locals who oppose the Peace March on 16 April, 2015.

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Tense stand-off in the Durban CBD between police and a group of locals who oppose the Peace March on 16 April, 2015.

Tense stand-off in the Durban CBD between police and a group of locals who oppose the Peace March on 16 April, 2015.

DURBAN - More than 160 people -- mostly illegal immigrants -- have been arrested during an overnight raid in Durban. 

Police, along with the South African National Defence Force and Home Affairs, descended on the CBD on Tuesday night.

It forms part of the recently-launched Operation Fiela, which targets criminal hotspots in the city. 

The army was deployed to KwaZulu-Natal two weeks ago amid a spate of xenophobic attacks. 

Police spokesman Thulani Zwane said those who were arrested will appear in court soon and will be deported to their countries of origin.

Others were nabbed for allegedly being in possession of drugs. 

More raids are expected in the coming weeks.

* eNCA reporter Dasen Thathiah has more on this story. Watch the video in the gallery above.