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Last of Yemenite Jews Arrive in Israel, Jewish Agency Reports

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Operation “Magic Carpet” was completed today when 51 Jews arrived here from Yemen together with the staff of the Jewish Agency office in that country, Yitzhak Raphael, head of the Agency’s immigration department, told a press conference here. Mr. Raphael reported that Jewish Agency officials toured the entire Arab country twice and found only a few Jews, who wished to remain in Yemen.

He also revealed that the Agency expects the evacuation of Libyan Jewry to be completed toward the end of the year. Only three or four more ships are expected to arrive with immigrants from Libya. In addition, he stated, 3,000 to 4,000 Jews are expected from Czechoslovakia, while prospects appear good for continuation and expansion of migration from Rumania. Little hope is held for the migration of Hungarian Jews, he added. Over 164,000 immigrants have arrived so far this year and another 16,000 are expected before the end of 1951.

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