Syria strikes send 'clear message' on chemical weapons: British PM

Airstrike in Syria was the only alternative says British PM May

Separately, Russia's Defense Ministry said the majority of missiles fired during the overnight attack on Syria by US, British and French forces were intercepted by Syrian government air defense systems, TASS news agency reported.

"It is about a limited and targeted strike that does not further escalate tensions in the region and that does everything possible to prevent civilian casualties".

"This is not about intervening in a civil war". And it was not about regime change. As a result of this attack at least 70 people died.

The rush to action following an alleged chemical weapons attack on the oppositon-held town of Douma on April 7 was condemned by several British opposition parties who wanted parliament recalled.

"And the world said "enough" to the use of such weapons".

"Cabinet agreed on the need to take action to alleviate humanitarian distress and to deter the further use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime", a spokeswoman for the prime minister said in a statement after the meeting.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has defended the Government's bombing of Syrian targets, saying "finally the world has said enough is enough". The prime minister "should have sought parliamentary approval, not trailed after Donald Trump", he said.

He said: Russia in the most serious way condemns the attack on Syria where Russian military servicemen help the legitimate government to fight terrorism.

"The facility which was struck is located some distance from any known concentrations of civilian habitation, reducing yet further any such risk", it added.

Footage broadcast on Syrian state TV shows what is suspected to be a chemical weapons research centre, thought to have been hit by the recent air strikes.

But she also drew a link with the nerve agent attack on Russian former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, which Britain and its worldwide partners say was ordered by the Kremlin.

Might intends to tell lawmakers that the airstrikes had been "in Britain's national interest", have been carried out to avoid more afflicted by chemical weapons strikes and experienced broad global support.

We can not allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalised, either in Syria, on the streets of the United Kingdom or elsewhere.

The question in any vote will be how many of May's own Conservatives break ranks.

"A clear precedent was set in 2015 ahead of the targeted strikes against Daesh - yet the Prime Minister chose to ignore this before launching airstrikes".

May is not obliged to win parliament's approval before ordering military action, but a non-binding constitutional convention to do so has been established since a 2003 vote on joining the USA -led invasion of Iraq.

UNSC-mandated inspectors have investigated previous attacks and on four occasions decided that the regime was indeed responsible.

A source close to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has described the Prime Minister's announcement of an emergency debate as "very odd, panicky and weak".

Trump also said that Russian Federation must decide "whether to continue on this dark path or come back to civilisation".

Diplomats said negotiations on the draft resolution would begin on Monday and it was not immediately clear when the United States, France and Britain wanted to put it to a vote.

Under current United Kingdom law, the prime minister does not have to consult parliament before launching military action, but the convention since the invasion of Iraq has been for MPs to be consulted in advance.

"There have been many instances when we have seen them using those chemical weapons".



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