A group of Yemeni Jews have been airlifted to Israel in a secret operation

Published March 21st, 2016 - 10:49 GMT
Facing extreme danger in the war-torn country, the rescued Jews were some of the last living in Yemen. (AFP/File)
Facing extreme danger in the war-torn country, the rescued Jews were some of the last living in Yemen. (AFP/File)

In a covert operation organized by the Jewish Agency charity, a group of Yemeni Jews have been rescued from their war-torn country and taken to Israel. The group—estimated at around 17-19—was the last of the Jews in Yemen who wished to leave, with the remaining 40-50 members refusing to depart.

Persecution of Jews and Christians in Yemen has not been uncommon, and with the country deep in civil war, the situation is arguably unbearable.

“This is a relatively large group of people, so the decision to get them out was not easy,” Ynet news reported a source as saying, “but certainly the current situation in Yemen and the war contributed to the decision. We must thank the Jewish rabbis in the United States who worked to bring these Jews to Israel.”

Reports suggest that the US was heavily involved in the rescue, working alongside the Jewish Agency charity which helps persecuted and endangered Jews move to Israel. Around 200 Jews have been brought to Israel by the charity in recent years.

A considerably large Jewish community lived in Yemen prior to the establishment of the State of Israel, however faced extreme persecution and violence in 1947/1948. Operation Magic Carpet saw 49,000 Jews brought to Israel—mostly by airlift—to escape the danger in their home country.


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