Tel Aviv: Some of the last remaining Jews in war-torn Yemen were brought to Israel in a secret mission, Israeli media reported today.

The Jewish Agency, which is responsible for Jewish immigration to Israel, said 19 people had arrived in recent days, among them a rabbi carrying a 500-year-old Torah scroll.

The non-profit organisation said some 50 Jews had chosen to stay in Yemen.

Since 1948, 51,000 Jews have immigrated to Israel from Yemen, which has one of the world's oldest Jewish communities.

Almost all of them were brought to Israel as part of Operation Magic Carpet in 1949 and 1950.

In recent years, some 200 Jews have left as attacks against the Jewish community have increased and the country has descended into war.

The Jewish Agency announced today that the group landed in Israel on Sunday night following a "complex covert operation".

"Nineteen individuals arrived in Israel in recent days, including 14 from the town of Raydah and a family of five from Sanaa," a statement said.

"The group from Raydah included the community's rabbi, who brought a Torah scroll believed to be between 500 and 600 years old."

The Jewish Agency said attacks against Jews in Yemen had risen sharply since 2008, when Jewish teacher Moshe Yaish Nahari was murdered in Raydah.

In 2012, Aharon Zindani - whose son and four other relatives were on board Sunday's flight to Israel - was murdered in Sanaa and a young Jewish woman was abducted, forced to convert to Islam, and forcibly wed to a Muslim man, it added.