April 2, 2012- Western and Arab nations alike have pledged millions to help the Syrian rebels. The nations also said, due to the apparent failure of the ceasefire backed by the United Nations, they could take tougher steps to help the rebels in their battle against the Bashar al-Assad regime.
A number of nations in the Arab Gulf pledged financial support and the U.S. said it would donate communications equipment. The U.S. has also agreed to $12 million in humanitarian help.
On Sunday, the rebels received more help between the donating nations as a group than the previously had since they started their effort to end the al-Assad regime last year.
Syria President al-Assad supporters protested in front of the Istanbul Congress Center on Sunday. A conference titled Friends of Syria is being held there.
Hillary Clinton, the U.S. Secretary of State said, “Close to a week has passed and the conclusion has to be that the al-Assad regime has broken its promises once again.”
She was speaking at the conference that included 83 nations that are against the Syria regime. Clinton added, “Together our group must isolate the present regime, squeeze off their funds and help stop the war they are waging against their own people.”
The regime accepted a peace plan last week that was backed by U.N envoy Kofi Annan. However, Assad asked for time before implementing the cease fire and many now feel it was just a way to gain more time in his attempt to crush the rebel uprising.