British Foreign Secretary William Hague speaks during a joint news conference with his Philippine counterpart Albert Del Rosario Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 in Manila, Philippines.  Read more: http://www.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague speaks during a joint news conference with his Philippine counterpart Albert Del Rosario Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 in Manila, Philippines. Read more: http://www.
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British Foreign Secretary "William Hague" said today that his country was preparing to accept the most vulnerable Syrian refugees this year.

Hague told a news conference in the Philippine capital, Manila, that the details were still being worked out. He did not specify a number of the refugees but said that Britain would prioritize displaced Syrians who have been exposed to the horrors of the three-year-old conflict, including victims of sexual violence.

"We will take people into the United Kingdom in order to help them and give them some respite and some care after some of the things that they have been through", Hague said during a two-day visit to Manila.

At least 2.4 million people have fled Syria, most of them to neighboring countries.

According to Hague, Britain has been one of the biggest humanitarian aid contributors to the victims of the crisis, providing food for 300,000 people daily and drinking water to nearly a million others. He added that the British aid has amounted to about $900 million.

He said "we welcome the contribution of many other countries are making" ,noting that " this means that in accepting people into U.K, the United Kingdom is playing its full part in trying to accommodate people when necessary".

"We're leading the world in making sure that we try to look after people in the vicinity of Syria itself", he said.

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