Syria grants Jews exit visas

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The Independent Online
Syria has granted exit visas to all 1,000 Syrian Jews in the country so they can travel abroad, Reuter reports from Damascus. Syria's deputy chief rabbi, Yousuf Khalil Jajati, said some Jews wanted to emigrate to the US but others had decided to stay in Syria, where a Jewish community has lived for at least 2,500 years. Some families who emigrated recently to the US had returned.