England to resume aid to Syrian rebels
Britain says it plans to resume delivering aid to Syrian rebels.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Friday that the one-million-pound aid package includes communications equipment, vehicles, generators and medical kits.
“I am now lifting the hold on those plans to deliver equipment to the Supreme Military Council of the Free Syrian Army in Syria,” Hague said in a written statement to the UK parliament.
“This resumption of delivery clearly demonstrates our continued and longstanding support for the National Coalition and the Supreme Military Council of the Free Syrian Army,” the UK foreign secretary added.
Hague also stated that the delivery process would start as soon as it is practical.
Britain and the United States suspended their military aid to the Free Syrian Army (FSA) after other al-Qaeda-linked militants, who are also operating against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, seized control of FSA weapons depot near a Turkish border crossing. They claimed the aid could have fallen into “wrong hands.”
The announcement came just weeks after the foreign-backed Syrian opposition admitted that a “Western source” supplied them with 20 US-made TOW anti-tank missiles.
The Syrian National Coalition said the foreign-backed opposition leader Ahmad Jarba was set to travel to the United States on Wednesday to discuss delivery of more weapons.
Syria has been gripped by deadly crisis since March 2011. Over 150,000 people have reportedly been killed and millions displaced due to the violence.