One-year-old conjoined twin girls have looked at each other for the first time after undergoing rare separation surgery in Israel.

The girls, who have not been named, are said to be recovering well.

The 12-hour operation took months of preparation, finally taking place at the Soroka Medical Centre in the city of Beersheba last week. It's the first time such an operation, which has only been conducted twenty times worldwide, has been performed in Israel.

Dozens of experts from Israel and abroad performed the operation, which included scalp grafts for both girls. 

"They are breathing and eating on their own," Eldad Silberstein, the head of Soroka's plastic surgery department, told Israel's Channel 12 news.

The girls, who were born in August 2020 conjoined at the back of their heads, are now expected to lead completely normal lives.