06/12/2014 17:29 GMT
BERLIN, June 12, 2014 (AFP) - Germany will accept 10,000 more refugees from war-ravaged Syria, officials said Thursday, even as Berlin faced calls from rights groups to do more.
Interior ministers at both federal and regional level agreed to double Germany's intake of Syrian refugees, a statement by the regional interior ministry in western North Rhine-Westphalia said.
"Germany stands by its humanitarian responsibility. It is therefore right that we, together, help even more," Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said in the statement.