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Syria: Overseas Aid

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 133664, tabled on 21 March 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government has provided (a) financial and (b) other support to (i) Jaish al-Islam, (ii) Ahrar al-Sham and (iii) groups affiliated to them in the last five years.

Answered on

28 March 2018

Through the Conflict Pool and its successor, the Conflict Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) for Syria, the UK has provided political support and non-lethal equipment to the moderate opposition. In terms of equipment, we have provided communications, medical and logistics equipment. We have also provided equipment to protect against chemical weapons attack. The value of this support was £32 million for the period 2011-17. For security reasons we do not disclose the names of the groups supported by Her Majesty's Government. The UK does not supply weapons to anybody in Syria.