UK to expand scope of aid to Syrian opposition

By REUTERS
March 29, 2012 18:08

LONDON - Britain will double non-military aid to opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad and expand its scope to equipment, possibly including secure telephones to help activists communicate more easily, officials said on Thursday.

The British government will provide 500,000 pounds worth of new aid in addition to 450,000 pounds already donated, Foreign Secretary William Hague said.

"It includes agreement in principle for practical non-lethal support to them inside Syria," Hague said in a speech.

The aid will be for Syrian activists working peacefully to achieve a political transition in Syria, government officials said.


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