The United States has offered to give the Syrian opposition $60 million in new aid, including “non-lethal” supplies such as food and medicine for the first time.
Secretary of State John Kerry made the announcement at a Friends of Syria meeting in Rome, where several Western governments have promised to ramp up assistance to the Syrian opposition.
“America is planning and bluffing the world with statements many know they will not adhere to it,” said one activist from Ariha who asked not to be named. “When has America committed to its promises?”
The university student, who studied in Aleppo before the revolution suspended has education, said little of the money received through the Syrian National Council, based outside of the country, reaches the fighters on the ground.
“Strange is the revolution in Syria,” he said. “Fighters suffer a shortage of weapons and gear while the Syrian National Coalition receives support and funds from Western capitals.”
Khalid Soliman, an FSA fighter from Hama said he also held doubts regarding how much support the US would give the Syrian opposition.
“I want you to realize, no one wants to help Syrians,” he said. “Only Syrians help Syria. This we have learned very well.”