July 17, 2013

The British government is to spend £650,000 providing Syrian rebel fighters with hoods that protect against chemical weapons.

William Hague said the so-called escape hoods would be sent to “moderate forces” within the opposition, along with tablets that combat the symptoms of nerve agents and a type of paper that can detect chemical weapons.

The Foreign Secretary said the hoods protected against Sarin attacks for up to 20 minutes, meaning those wearing are able to move away from an affected area but cannot continue to fight. The tablets also provide those under a chemical weapons attack enough time to get to a medical centre to receive atropine, the drug needed to overcome Sarin.

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