UK trains Syrian volunteers on rescue techniques

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Britain brought together a group of Syrian volunteers in Istanbul to train them on practical rescue techniques that they can apply to help save people in their war-torn country.

The move is part of the UK’s Conflict Pool Support program to provide non-lethal assistance to Syrian people.

The training includes teaching volunteers techniques to rescue people trapped under rubble from explosions. The UK is providing equipment for the volunteers to use during the training, and also to take back with them to Syria. Additional training teaches the volunteers to make use of everyday materials as resources to rescue people.

The UK is one of the first international governments to get involved in the Syrian crisis.

British law maker Alistair Burt travelled to Turkey to visit the Syrian volunteers.

“They are right to ask the international community to support them, and they’re right to point the finger at all of us and say what more can we do for those in Syria who wish to see a better and a brighter future for their people. It is not all about the choice between a regime that is prepared to kill and poison it’s people and extremists, it’s about a future for the sort of men and women who are here learning how to protect others and build a better future for themselves, I know who’s side I’m on."

The Syrian crisis has taken over the country for over 2 years, and killed more than 93,000 people with constant shelling and destruction taking place in towns. The death toll rises daily through the conflict between Bashar al Assad’s forces and the Syrian rebels.

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