The Interior Ministry approved Sunday the entry of seven Iraqi children, aged between two and nine, into Israel.
Army Radio reported that the children were all suffering from heart disease and needed urgent medical treatment. Their entry was approved by head of the Population Administration Yaakov Ganot, despite their country of origin.
Iraq is officially at war with Israel and its citizens are barred by law from visiting here.
The approval of the group's entry followed cooperation between Rambam Hospital in Haifa and Shevet Ahim, an organization assisting children suffering from heart disease and in need of immediate treatment.