Israel will be granting refugee status to 100 orphaned Syrian children, announced Interior Minister Aryeh Deri on Wednesday.
The children will receive temporary resident status and become permanent residents after four years, being able to remain in Israel as Israeli citizens for their entire lives.
The children are due to be integrated into Arab Israeli families and on top of this, any of the children’s immediate family will also be considered for refugee status.
The final decision has been made, so now the Israeli government will be in communication with international organisations in order to bring the children into Israel.
Syria and Israel have been at war since Israel’s creation in 1948, and there have been a number of armed conflicts between the two nations. Despite this, Israel is taking in Syria’s children, caring for them and ultimately giving them citizenship.