Rebel forces in Yemen arrested a local Jew on suspicion that he assisted seventeen Jews who immigrated to Israel recently to secretly smuggle ancient Torah to Israel. Yemenite intellectuals in Yemen are demanding his release.
Yihya Yosef Yaesh, who was arrested by the rebels, is suspected of aiding the smuggling of the antique Torah, officials reported in Yemen. In addition, three employees were arrested at the airport in Sanaa and are also suspected of assisting in the smuggling.
It should be noted that the Houthis argue that the ancient Torah scroll is the property of the people in Yemen, and so began a series of arrests in the wake of the smuggling.
With the immigration of the last Jews from Yemen to Israel, currently there are no more Jews living in Yemen as part of an organized community, but about 50 Jews still living as individuals and refuse to leave the country.
The arrival of the ancient Sefer Torah was publicized, with photographs, in the written and electronic news outlets.