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Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 210379, tabled on 14 October 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support the UK is providing to rebels operating in Syria.

Answered on

21 October 2014

The British Government continues to provide strong support to the moderate opposition, including technical assistance and non-lethal equipment. The UK has recently increased the amount allocated this financial year to support areas under opposition control and increase the resilience of our regional allies to the effects of the Syria conflict from £30 million to £46 million. Our support along with that of our allies has enabled the Free Syrian police establish 90 police stations in liberated areas. It has supported 600 volunteers in 51 civil defence stations across northern Syria, trained and equipped to carry out search & rescue, fire-fighting and first aid, saving over 2,500 lives. This support has helped to consolidate the moderate opposition as they work to build capacity to deliver governance and essential public services.