Bir Fadhl (بئر فضل), Yemen

Bir Fadhl (ביר פדל, ביר פצ'ל, بئر فضل), Yemen (תימן, اليمن). Close to Sheikh Othman and Dar Saad. 


Bir Fadhl belonged to the Aqrabi Sheikhdom and the British used some of the land as a military barracks. In the late 1940s, as the Jews of Yemen were preparing to leave the country via airlift (Operation Magic Carpet), they were placed in camps in Bir Fadhl, and were not allowed into Aden proper. Bir Fadhl had an airstrip adjacent to it where the Alaska Airlines planes could land. 


However, according to Reuben Aharoni in Jewish Emigration from the Yemen 1951-98: Carpet Without Magic and The Encyclopedia of Yemeni Jewish Communities, it seems that Bir Fadhl was functioning primarily for the second wave of Jews who left in the second half of the 1950s, and was not part of Operation Magic Carpet. The Hashid camp (also called Geulah) was used as a staging ground for the immigrants leaving as part of Operation Magic Carpet. 

Bir Fadhl, Yemen

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