Humanitarian grounds justify Syria attack, says Theresa May

Humanitarian grounds justify Syria attack, says Theresa May

The former missile base was assessed to have been used by the Syrian regime to "keep chemical weapon precursors stockpiled in breach of Syria's obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention", the MoD said in a statement. The missile strikes have drawn the ire of chief Syrian government allies, Russian Federation and Iran.

It said the use of force was permitted providing three conditions were met: evidence of widespread humanitarian distress; no practicable alternative to the use...

The Prime Minister spent Saturday evening speaking to world leaders to explain why Britain had joined forces with France and the U.S. and will insist the three nations are "not alone" in believing it was the "right thing to do". One airbase the US fired at was back in use the next day.

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.

"The facility which was struck is located some distance from any known concentrations of civilian habitation, reducing yet further any such risk", the MoD said in a statement.

"This is the first time as prime minister that I have had to take the decision to commit our armed forces in combat - and it is not a decision I have taken lightly", she 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". Indeed, we have been calling for Parliament to be recalled since last Wednesday.

The Labour leader said chlorine has been used by "a number of parties in the conflict" in Syria as a weapon and questioned the legality of the airstrikes.

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

"This debate is an opportunity to ensure that there is no future change in the role of British military in Syria without Parliament's approval".

"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", May said.

He reiterated that Canada condemns the use of chemical weapons in Ghouta. U.S. Congressman Brad Schneider, a Democrat, called for a more comprehensive strategy to deal with Syria at an unrelated panel discussion.

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