Syria Strikes Send 'Clear Message' On Chemical Weapons - British PM

Syria Strikes Send 'Clear Message' On Chemical Weapons - British PM

"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", she said.

Four British fighter jets struck a military base near Homs where Britain said Syrian government forces were holding chemical weapon components.

"There is no practicable alternative to the use of force to degrade and deter the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime", May said in a televised statement.

May said intelligence and open source accounts indicated that the regime was behind the attack in Douma last Saturday. "It is not about regime change", May said in a statement.

President Donald Trump on Saturday described the alleged chemical attacks in Syria as the "crimes of a monster" as the U.S. launched precision strikes on the war-torn nation jointly with the United Kingdom and France.

Yesterday Prime Minister Theresa May insisted the military action was "legal" and defended the decision to go ahead without securing the backing of Parliament.

May said while the strike was targeted at Syria, it sent a message to anyone who used chemical weapons.

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Russia, which intervened in the war in 2015 to back Assad, has denied there was a chemical attack and has accused Britain of helping to stage the Douma incident to stoke anti-Russian hysteria.

"I have done so because I judge this action to be in Britain's national interest".

Correspondents from the British and world press also asked the prime minister to explain what role can the Parliament play in making a decision to attack another sovereign country.

Meanwhile, Britain's main opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn described the USA -led military strikes on Syria jointly staged by three leading Western countries as a "legally questionable action", saying that the British government should "not taking instructions from Washington".

"Bombs won't save lives or bring about peace", Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the main opposition Labour Party, said in a statement.

"Our service personnel have played an important role in terms of degrading the ability of the Syrian regime to use chemical weapons in the future", Williamson said.

According to the press officer, "we are dealing with an attack under a false pretext, a false legal basis and a false result".

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