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J.D.C. Moved 29,000 Jews from Aden to Israel by Air; Thousands Still Await Passage

The transfer by plane of 29,000 Jews from Aden to Israel in “one of the most dramatic mass immigration movements of all time,” was made know today by the Joint Distribution Committee.

Nearly 20,000 of the immigrants, mainly Yemenite Jews, were flown to the Jewish state in September and October, and the operation, which has had the full cooperation of the Government of Israel and the Jewish Agency, is continuing at the present time. Several thousand Yemenite Jews are still awaiting air passage in a large reception camp near the city of Aden.

Simultaneous announcement of the airborne movement was made here by Edward M.M. Warburg, J.D.C. chairman, and in Paris by Dr. Joseph J. Schwartz, chairman of J.D.C.’s European executive council and director of its overseas relief, resettlement and reconstruction operations in 23 countries. The air evacuation from Aden has already cost more than $2,000,000, it was disclosed.