Israel’s Interior Minister Aryeh Deri has granted asylum to some 100 children orphaned during the Syrian civil war, according to a report on Channel 10 news that the Interior Ministry confirmed is accurate.
The policy will grant the children temporary residence and allow them to become permanent residents after four years. Immediate relatives of the orphans will also be in consideration for refugee status in Israel.
This policy represents continuing support from Israel for victims of war in Syria. This is despite the two countries have been in a state of war since 1948. Over 2,500 Syrians have been treated in Israeli hospitals since 2013.
Pregnant women sometimes travel to the border to deliver their babies in Israel and young Syrian patients have been treated by Israeli doctors with cutting-edge procedures that have allowed them to walk again.