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Israel to grant asylum to 100 Syrian children as US halts refugee program

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Israelis stage a protest condemning the killing of civilians in the Syrian city of Aleppo, near the official residence of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Dec. 16. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)

As the U.S. prepares to halt its refugee program under the new Trump administration, Israel is set to grant asylum to 100 Syrian children orphaned by the Middle Eastern country's civil war.

"This is a just and important decision," Itzik Shmuli, an opposition member of parliament, told Israel Radio this week. "The government should be congratulated."

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