Britain suspends non-lethal aid to Syria rebels: embassy

11th December 2013, Comments 0 comments

Britain said Wednesday it has suspended non-lethal aid to the opposition in northern Syria after Islamist rebels seized key bases belonging to the Free Syrian Army, following a similar move by the United States.

"We have no plans to deliver any equipment while the situation remains unclear," a spokesman for the British embassy in Ankara told AFP.

The Islamic Front, the largest Islamist rebel force in Syria, seized depots belonging to the Western-backed FSA near the Bab el-Hawa border crossing with Turkey on Saturday.

Britain is "in contact with the SMC (Supreme Military Council)" to investigate the status of British equipment, the spokesman said, referring to the highest military authority in the FSA.

The move does not mean that British support for the Syrian opposition is diminishing, he said.

The Islamic Front was formed last month when six groups merged and pledged to work towards forming an Islamic state. It has rejected the authority of the FSA.

© 2013 AFP

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