The British Foreign Secretary
has announced that the U.K. will send armored vehicles and body
armor to Syrian rebels. From
In a statement to the Commons, William Hague said Britain would
increase aid to Syrian opposition forces, including providing “new
types of non-lethal equipment for the protection of civilians”,
after EU sanctions had been amended.
He said the UK, along with the National Coalition, was in the
middle of trying to identify “the protective equipment that will be
of most use to them and likely to save most lives”.
“It will certainly include armoured four-wheel drive vehicles to
help opposition forces move around more freely as well as personal
protection equipment including body armour,” he added.
Testing equipment to provide evidence of any use of chemical
weapons by the regime and training for armed groups in
international human rights and legal standards is also being
Mr Hague said £3m had been allocated this month for the work
with another £10m to follow – urging other countries to do the
Understandably some Members of Parliament are concerned about
where this might lead.
The announcement comes on the same day that the Arab League
released a statement saying that members are free to send weapons
to the Syrian rebels.
Secretary of State
John Kerry ;recently announced ;that the U.S. would not
be providing Syrian rebels with military aid. From Middle East
Kerry stressed there was no question of arming the Syrian
opposition, even as his Saudi counterpart Prince Saud al-Faisal
insisted on the right of Syrians to self-defence.
The United States will continue to work with its “friends to
empower the Syrian opposition,” Kerry told reporters during a joint
press conference with Prince Saud.
Asked about reports of arms being sent to Syria’s rebels from
countries such as Qatar and Saudi Arabia, Kerry replied: “The
moderate opposition has the ability to make sure that the weapons
are getting to them and not to the wrong hands.”
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