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As the UAE Opens to Jews, Yemen Closes
An elderly Yemeni Jew arrives at an immigration center in the Israeli city of Beersheba on March 21, 2016 following a secret rescue operation to evacuate a group of 19 Jews from war-torn Yemen to Israel. (Menahem Kahana/AFP via Getty Images)

As the UAE Opens to Jews, Yemen Closes

Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels have ordered at least some of the country’s remaining Jews to leave, according to sources in the Amran Governorate, north of the capital Sanaa, who spoke recently with The Media Line. According to Ali Qudair, a tribal chief in the governorate, soldiers surrounded a village in mid-July to question members of at least one Jewish family living there about its contacts with people abroad. “A group of military vehicles arrived in the area, taking up positions at the entrances to the village and establishing checkpoints,” Qudair told The Media Line.“The soldiers entered the house of a Jewish family in the village and questioned members about their correspondence with the State of Israel, their property in the village and other areas, and whether or not they were in contact with relatives residing in other countries. Qudair added that some of those questioned were taken to an unknown location and held for 48 hours. “During the past few years,” he said, “the Jews have been denied many of their rights. They no longer can travel except with prior permission from the Houthi-appointed area supervisor.”

For the full story on The Media Line website, see EXCLUSIVE: The End of Jewish Yemen is Imminent.

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