Wednesday, 6 March 2013
The UK is to send armoured trucks to opposition fighters in Syria, Foreign Secretary William Hague announced on Wednesday (6 March).
He said the decision had been made "to help save lives" in the country. The vehicles are part of a £13million assistance package for rebel groups, who are battliing with Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad.
The Syrian civil war began two years ago this month.
Hague told MPs in Parliament: "More people have died in the first two months of this year than in the whole of the first year of the conflict. The total estimated death toll is now over 70,000 people."
The announcement was made just hours after the United Nations global peace organisation gave an update on the number of Syrian refugees leaving the country. Over one million have now fled Syria since the civil war began in 2011. Over half are children.
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