Britain attacks Syria with cruise missiles to deter more chemical attacks

  • Britain attacks Syria with cruise missiles to deter more chemical attacks

Britain attacks Syria with cruise missiles to deter more chemical attacks

The UK, France and the USA are pushing for an independent investigation into allegations that Syrian Government forces are using chemical weapons - a day after launching air strikes on the war-torn country.

Prime Minister Theresa May held an emergency cabinet to discuss joining mooted strikes by the U.S. and allies, with ministers agreeing "on the need to take action", her Downing Street office said in a statement.

British Prime Minister Theresa May's senior ministers agreed on the need for action against Syria at a Cabinet meeting on Thursday, but Downing Street did not specify what measures the United Kingdom would take.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said all the indications were that the Syrian authorities were responsible for a chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma and that such shocking assaults could not go unchallenged.

In a statement late on Friday, May said: "We can not allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalized - within Syria, on the streets of the United Kingdom, or anywhere else in our world".

As US President Donald Trump warned that missiles "will be coming" and France weighs strikes, May will reportedly seek her ministers' approval to join allies in targeting President Bashar Assad's regime.

Meanwhile, Russia has called for a UN Security Council meeting on Syria on Friday.

Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia accused the West of "hooliganism" and demanded that it "immediately end its actions against Syria and refrain from them in the future".

The Syrian regime and Iran-backed foreign terrorists have begun evacuating military sites in Damascus and Homs in advance of a possible US military assault, Anadolu Agency correspondents based in the area reported Thursday.

"He said worldwide investigators were in Syria and ready to visit the site of a suspected deadly chemical weapons attack in Douma, which prompted military action by the United States, France and Britain".

British planes have conducted more than 1,600 strikes in Iraq and Syria.

General Joseph Dunford, Washington´s top general, said the precision strikes hit three targets - a scientific research center near Damascus, a storage facility and command post also near the capital and a chemical weapons storage facility near Homs.

By launching strikes without prior approval from parliament, Prime Minister Theresa May dispensed with a non-binding constitutional convention dating back to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, but said speed was essential and that military action was in the national interest.

It's the biggest military attack against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad's government by western powers in Syria's civil war.

She said nearly a century of global acceptance about not using chemical weapons had been eroded in Douma and Salisbury.

Dunford said that manned US aircraft were used in the military operation and that the strike was planned to minimize the risk of casualties among Russia's military forces in Syria.

"But right now this is a one-time shot and I believe that it sent a very strong message to dissuade him, to deter him from doing this again".

Mrs May insisted the decision to deploy British cruise missiles in response to the chemical attack in Douma was "both right and legal".

Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have also expressed concern about the "erosion" of the global ban on chemical weapons, and have spoke to each other on the matter, according to a German government statement Thursday.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons tweeted Thursday {that a} workforce of its investigators will begin work Saturday in Douma.

"It was limited to specific objectives: the destruction of the Syrian regime's chemical capabilities to stop it from committing new chemical massacres".

Merkel has nevertheless dominated out becoming a member of any potential strikes towards Syria.

That assessment appeared to echo President Macron, who said they had "proof" that "at least chlorine" was used in the attack by the regime.