Western leaders to hold further talks on potential Syria action

  • Western leaders to hold further talks on potential Syria action

Western leaders to hold further talks on potential Syria action

"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".

The strike, conducted with the United States and France, was "limited and targeted", created to minimise any civilian casualties, May said.

Meanwhile, the idea of an intervention gained more momentum in the United Kingdom on Thursday, after Brexit Secretary David Davis hinted he had changed his mind since voting against Syrian intervention under similar pretexts in 2013.

"This massacre was a significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very bad regime", he said.

"This collective action sends a clear message that the global community will not stand by and tolerate the use of chemical weapons", she said.

Ministers will consider the options for backing military action threatened by the United States and its allies.

The Western missile strikes demonstrate the volatile nature of the Syrian civil war, which started in March 2011 as an anti-Assad uprising but is now a proxy conflict involving a number of world and regional powers and a myriad of insurgent groups.

Bashar al-Assad regime forces struck targets in Eastern Ghouta's Douma district on Saturday midnight using a poisonous gas which left at least 78 civilians dead, according to the White Helmets, a local civil defense agency.

Syria has firmly denied any links to the attack.

"Very careful scientific analysis was applied to determine where best to target the Storm Shadows to maximise the destruction of the stockpiled chemicals and to minimise any risks of contamination to the surrounding area". And while this action is specifically about deterring the Syrian Regime, it will also send a clear signal to anyone else who believes they can use chemical weapons with impunity.

But Mrs May also drew a link with the nerve agent attack on Russian former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury.

He tweeted: "I firmly support the military action taken in Syria".

Looking drawn as she spoke to reporters in Downing Street in a hastily arranged press conference, she said: "We can not allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalised - either within Syria, on the streets of the United Kingdom or elsewhere".

British opposition lawmakers have called on May to give Parliament a vote before any military action.

The shadow of the 2003 invasion of Iraq still lingers in the corridors of Britain's parliament, when MPs backed then-prime minister Tony Blair in joining U.S. military action.

'And a significant body of information including intelligence indicates the Syrian regime is responsible for this latest attack.

She condemned Russian Federation for vetoing a U.N. Security Council resolution calling for a new body to determine responsibility for the attack, saying it meant "there can be no role now for investigations by the United Nations".

BBC diplomatic correspondent James Landale said the cabinet was expected to back the PM, but she seems willing to act without the express support of parliament. The barbaric and intolerable use of chemical weapons should never go unchecked.

U.S. President Donald Trump warned Russian Federation on Wednesday of imminent military action in Syria over a suspected poison gas attack, declaring that missiles "will be coming" and lambasting Moscow for standing by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.