US To Send $60 Million In Aid Direct To Syria Rebels
In a policy shift, the United States on Thursday announced plans to channel non-lethal battlefield assistance directly to selected groups of Syrian rebels rather than through non-governmental agencies.
The aid package was announced by Secretary of State John Kerry said at a “Friends of Syria” meeting in Rome. The aid will include $60 million to assist the Syrian Opposition Coalition communities in liberated areas of Syria expand the delivery of basic goods and services, including security, sanitation and educational services.
In addition, the U.S. will be sending technical advisers to support the opposition staff in Cairo and start working with the movement’s military arm to provide non-lethal support to the Free Syrian Army, including things like military rations and medical supplies to tend the sick and the wounded.