(NEWS.com.au) — Fifty members of an Indian community believed to be descendants of one of the lost tribes of Israel have arrived in the Jewish state, completing their immigration.

Linking up with family members who have already settled in Israel, they are among the first wave of the 7200-strong Bnei Menashe community’s mass migration to the Jewish state.

The Indians say they are the descendants of the 10 tribes who lived in the kingdom of Israel in Biblical times and who were dispersed, according to the Bible, after the invasion of the Assyrians in 721 BC.

“After thousands of years of exile, we have returned home at last,” said Nachshon Gangte, 47, waiting for an older sister he has not seen for 12 years.

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