107-year-old Syrian is reunited with family in Germany


A 107-year-old woman who fled the conflict in Syria has arrived in Germany to be reunited with her family, including her newborn great-great-granddaughter, officials said Monday.

Sabria Khalaf fled her home in Syria seven months ago with her son, Kenan, traveling to Turkey and then on to Greece, the dpa news agency reported.

Khalaf was greeted by about 20 members of her family, including grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her 33-day-old great-great-granddaughter, according to dpa.

Under European Union rules refugees have to apply for asylum in the first member state they reach, putting a heavy burden on Mediterranean nations like Greece, where Khalaf has been living for the last two months.

Christoph Sander, a spokesman for the Office for Migrants and Refugees, said a decision was made to expedite Khalaf’s transfer to Germany on humanitarian grounds.