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Syrian-Jewish family smuggled to Israel

(JNS.org) A Jewish family was recently smuggled from Syria to Israel, news outlets reported Thursday after an embargo on the story was lifted. The first two members of the family, which reportedly includes both Muslim and Jewish members, fled civil war-torn Syria several weeks ago. The rest of the family followed later. Their escape was orchestrated in part by Israeli-American businessman Moti Kahana, as well as the NGO Israel Flying Aid, which provides humanitarian aid to countries with which Israel does not have diplomatic relations. The Jewish Agency for Israel and the Israeli Ministry of Absorption were also aware of the rescue efforts. The unnamed family is now living in a government absorption center near Tel Aviv.

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