Government announce extra aid for Syria

The government have announced extra aid for victims of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's crackdown on pro-democracy campaigners.

We have given direct support to 20,000 families for food rations, medical supplies and emergency water.

We are today announcing additional support for humanitarian aid."

– Andrew Mitchell, International Development Secretary

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Syria torture allegations

The human rights charity Amnesty International has called for urgent action on Syria after publishing a "grim catalogue" of what it alleges is state-sponsored torture.