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Two sons of a Yemeni Jew who was killed by a Muslim in that country resettle in Israel on Tuesday, a local Jewish leader said.

Yahya Yaish al-Qedeimi said Moshe Nahari's sons left Yemen to escape harassment and threats against the country's small Jewish community.

Al-Qedeimi, the head of the Jewish community in Omran province, where most of Yemen's roughly 400 Jews live, told The Associated Press that the hostile environment would eventually force all of them to emigrate to Israel.

Nahari was gunned down in December by Abdel Aziz al-Abdi, who was sentenced to death in June, overturning a previous verdict ordering the man to pay the victim's family a fine instead of facing capital punishment.

Al-Abdi admitted to the crime and told the court he had warned other Jews to convert to Islam or be killed.

Other relatives of Nahari were among the 16 Jews brought to Israel on a secret Jewish Agency mission in June, on the same day the state appeals court handed al-Abdi his death sentence.

The three families came from Omran in the north but were living in the capital Sana'a because of deteriorating security amid a rebellion in neighboring Saada province by a Shi'ite tribal group.