UK Sends More Nonlethal Aid to Syria’s Opposition
British government gave an extra 5 million pounds (US$7,8 million) worth of aid to Syria’s opposition. The nonlethal supplies include communications equipment, body armor and medical supplies for the groups that fight to oust President Bashar al-Assad and his regime from Syria.
William Hague, the British Foreign Secretary stated that the United Kingdom would only supply gear to those who are no involved directly in the fighting. Hague assured that the equipment sent did not end up in the hands of the rebel fighters, and would not provide any kind of weapons.
Previously Britain had given 1,4 million pounds (US$2,2 million) worth of nonlethal support for groups of the Syrian opposition. “This is assistance that will help save lives,” Hague told reporters at Britain’s foreign ministry. “It will help people caught up in a terrible conflict.”
The British Foreign Minister has been cautious over direct talks linked with Syrian rebels, but he pointed out that the West must help them to prepare for al-Assad’s ouster or face the risk of allowing Syria to become a haven for al-Qaida and other terrorists. (AV)
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