UK 'could arm Syria rebels'

Foreign Secretary William Hague has said the UK can not "rule out" supplying arms to Syrian rebels in the future. Meanwhile, President al-Assad has accused the UK of having a "naive, confused and unrealistic" approach to his country's civil war.

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Hague considers supplying arms to Syrian rebels

William Hague Credit: BBC / Andrew Marr Show

Foreign Secretary William Hague has refused to rule out supplying arms to rebels in Syria - and confirmed more equipment would be sent to them shortly.

He told BBC's Andrew Marr: "I don’t think we can rule that out in the future [but] I will not be announcing, this week, arms to the Syrian opposition."

He added: "We will be giving more assistance directly to the opposition. I will announce in Parliament this week what that will consist of - it will involve more equipment to try and save lives in Syria."

He attacked Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for accusing the UK of having a "naive, confused and unrealistic" approach to his country's bloody civil war.

"This is a man presiding over this slaughter... I think this will go down as one of the most delusional interviews that any national leader has given in modern times."

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