US, France announce more support for rebels in Syria
ReutersNEW YORK -- The United States and France announced increased support for opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Friday, but there was no sign that the direct military aid the rebels want to create safe havens for civilians is on the way.
September 30, 2012, 12:05 am TWN
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told a meeting of foreign ministers in New York that the United States would provide an additional US$45 million in non-lethal and humanitarian aid to the Syrian opposition.
Of this, US$30 million would be for humanitarian assistance and US$15 million for non-lethal help, such as radios and training. The new pledges pushed total U.S. humanitarian aid for Syria to more than US$130 million, and non-lethal aid to opposition groups to almost US$45 million.