Foreign Secretary William Hague said that no Western nation advocated military intervention in Syria.
"No Western government is advocating military intervention of Western nations into the conflict in Syria," Hague told parliament. "The discussion is entirely focused on the degree of assistance that can and should be delivered to the opposition."
Announcing an increase in UK support to the Syrian opposition the Foreign Secretary said;
"We cannot look the other way while international law and human rights are flouted. We cannot step back from a crisis that could destabilize the heart of the Middle East. And it would be the height of irresponsibility to ignore potential threats to our own security."
Outlining the "next step" in UK support to Syria William Hague stressed that, "there may well have to be further steps."
William Hague told the House of Commons that the international community's policy on Syria has been an "abject failure".
The Foreign Secretary said £3 million had been allocated this month for the work with another £10 million to follow - urging other countries to do the same.
"The Cabinet is in no doubt that this is a necessary, proportionate and lawful response to a situation of extreme humanitarian suffering, and that there is no practicable alternative," he said.
Mr Hague was also keen to stress that more action may be required in the future, saying, "This is a situation where extreme humanitarian distress and growing international peace and security must weigh increasingly in the balance against other risks."
Adding that, "in our view if a political solution to the crisis in Syria is not found and the conflict continues, we and the rest of the European Union will have to be ready to move further and we should not rule out any option for saving lives."
The UK is to supply armoured vehicles and body armour to Syrian opposition forces in a bid to end a crisis that has reached "catastrophic proportions", Foreign Secretary William Hague told the Commons today.