Syrian children gather around a fire as the Syrian government starts to clean up areas formerly held by opposition forces in the northern city of Aleppo on December 27, 2016, in the Shaar district. The Syrian army announced on December 22 it had recaptured the former rebel stronghold of east Aleppo following a landmark evacuation deal that saw thousands of opposition fighters and residents bussed out. / AFP PHOTO / George OURFALIAN

Israel is to grant refugee status to 100 orphaned Syrian refugee children, in line with a decision by Interior Minister Aryeh Deri on Wednesday.
According to Channel 10, the children will receive temporary resident status and become permanent residents after four years, and be able to remain in Israel for their entire lives.
Channel 10 said that the children will be integrated into Arab Israeli families. Furthermore, any of the children’s immediate relatives will also be considered for refugee status.
The government made the final decision on the future of the refugees and will now liaise with the relevant international organizations to bring the orphans into the country.
Israel has been in open conflict with Syria since its creation in 1948, fighting three conventional wars against its northern neighbor.
For more than half a decade, the Syrian civil war has raged just across the border from the Jewish state, reportedly …
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