Israel to accept Syrian refugees for first time

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Syrian refugee children. File photo

ARA News

Damascus – For the first time since the outbreak of the six-year-old Syrian conflict, Israel announced on Wednesday that it will accept refugee children from neighbouring Syria.

Israeli Interior Minister, Aryeh Deri, has reportedly approved a plan under which Israel will take in 100 children who have been orphaned due to the Syrian civil war.

According to the Nanu10 Hebrew news agency, the children will be housed during the first three months of their stay in Israel at a boarding school.

“They will then attend institutions provided by the Education Ministry, and the state will attempt to place them with foster families in Israel,” the source reported.

“They will remain in Israel under the status of temporary residents. They will receive identity cards, passports, and be treated as citizens in every way.”

The plan also points out that close relatives of the children may be absorbed as well.

“The Israeli government intends to ensure to the UN that after four years the children can have their temporary resident status upgraded to full citizenship and be allowed to live in Israel their entire lives,” the local source said.

Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi 

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