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Yemen's Jews Seek to Escape Deteriorating Conflict

This week we’ve been keeping you up-to-date on the escalating conflict in Yemen, where Iran-backed rebels are trying to wrest control of the country, while Saudi Arabia and other Arab forces try to stop them. Israel Hayom reports that the situation has led to the Yemeni Jewish community to look for an escape:

Saudi Arabia on Thursday launched airstrikes targeting military installations in Yemen held by Shiite rebels storming the country’s south. Some of the strikes are hitting positions in the capital, Sanaa.

In a statement, Iran’s foreign ministry called the airstrikes a “dangerous step” that would worsen the crisis in the country.

The statement did not name Saudi Arabia but called the airstrikes an “invasion.” Iran is believed to be supporting the Houthi insurgency.

In the meantime, with the country on the brink of violent collapse, Yemen’s Jewish population was also feeling the effects of the deteriorating security situation.

“We know that you in Israel are worried about us and are thinking of us. Our country is being taken over and there isn’t much we can do. We want to move to Israel but we have matters to finish tending to and everything here is very difficult,” said Yehiye, 35, a father of six from Sanaa.

Avraham, 40, a father of five from the city of Rayda, said: “The situation is very bad here. Every day — there is danger. We want to sell the house, but can’t. No one wants to buy. The [non-Jews] want us to leave without getting money. We want to get out of here as quickly as possible. The moment I can get paid for the house I’m gone. I barely let my kids out of the house. I am worried about them; there is a lot of hatred and racism. If we need something, I jump out, buy it and return immediately.”

Moshe, a 50-year-old father of three also from Rayda, said that “people next to me are fleeing and leaving. We are now wasting what we’ve saved all our lives.

“The situation here is awful,” he said.

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