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Yemenite Jews Safe So Far, Despite War

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The civil war in Yemen has not so far threatened the 500 Jews remaining in that country, accouding to Gideon Taylor, director of special projects for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee here.

“They are in villages north of the capital of Sana,” Taylor said last week. “There are no reports that the area has been directly impacted by the fighting, as yet.”

After decades of isolation, half of the 1,000 Jews who remained in Yemen after the mass aliyah of the 1950s have left in the past two years.

Until the recent suspension of commercial flights because of the war, the departures of Yemenite Jews had continued at a slow pace without government interference.

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