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Humanitarian aid to Yemenite Jews
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Jewish kids in Yemen receive humanitarian aid
Suffering and facing starvation as the Yemen civil war drags on, the tiny community of 67 Jews is provided with aid packages funded by a British charity.

The hardships caused by the civil war in Yemen have affected the small Jewish community remaining in the country as well.

 

 

Most Yemenite Jews fled the country after the establishment of the State of Israel, but reports indicate 67 Jews remain in the war-torn country, including 17 families.

 

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(Photo: EPA)

 

The Jews live in an enclosed compound in the capital Sana'a, under the protection of the Yemenite army. They recently received humanitarian aid by a local organization funded by a British charity. The organization says that the community received aid packages at least five times.

 

In the past, the charity has assisted the Jewish community including when they faced floods in the Amran and Al Hudaydah regions in 2016.


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(Photo: EPA)

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The civil war in Yemen began in 2014 when Shiite-affiliated Houthi rebels took over Sana'a. The situation has deteriorated in recent months. According to international aid organizations, the severe limitations on aid delivery are leading the poor country towards a catastrophic famine.

 

The country's woes are compounded by the recent land-crossings and seaports closures imposed by Saudi Arabia after missiles were fired from Yemen at their country. Facing international pressure, the Saudis agreed to lift the sea and land blockade to allow delivery of humanitarian aid.


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(Photo: EPA)

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(Photo: EPA)

 

Some 8.4 million Yemenis are in danger of starvation and more than a million have contracted cholera. The United Nations warns that the humanitarian crisis in Yemen is the most severe in the world. At least 10,000 citizens have been killed in the war.

 

 

 


First published: 01.09.18, 17:12
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