May defends joint airstrikes against Syria

D Julie Jaye Charles

"And we can not wait to alleviate further humanitarian suffering caused by chemical weapons attacks".

She denied that she was pressured by US President Donald Trump to go ahead with the strikes against Syrian regime chemical installations.

"The fact that such an atrocity can take place in our world today is a stain on our humanity".

British medical and scientific experts analyzed reports, images and video footage from the incident and concluded the victims were exposed to a toxic chemical, she said. Barrel bombs are usually delivered by helicopters.

Britain joined its American and French allies on Saturday, 14 April as the Royal Air Force jets hit targets in Syria, in response to an alleged chemical attack in Douma. "And the Syrian military officials coordinated what appears to be the use of chlorine weapons". "No other group could have carried this out", May said. But they said they had no insight into the scope of how successful the attacks have been.

May has been criticized for making the decision without consulting parliament. "We have done it because we believed it was the right thing to do", she said.

Opposition Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn called for new legislation to stop governments launching military action without lawmakers' backing in most circumstances.

Corbyn won approval for a debate on parliament's rights in regard to British military action on Tuesday, and parliament debated long into the evening on Monday on the government's strategy in Syria, particularly regarding civilians there.

"This mandate is given democratically to the president by the people in the presidential election", said Macron. They insisted it was executed with "the sole objective to prevent further use of chemical weapons and chemical substances as weapons by the Syrian regime to kill its own people".

Mrs May faced a mood significantly changed from that in 2013 when the House of Commons rebuffed David Cameron's attempt to join Barack Obama's proposed intervention against a poisoned gas attack in Syria.

Ahmet Uzumcu, director-general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, said Monday that the organization's team "has not yet deployed to Douma", two days after arriving in Syria.

He said: "The OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism has found Syria responsible for using chemical weapons on four occasions between 2014-2017, including chlorine and sarin".

A DEMONSTRATION against the United Kingdom government's decision to bomb Syria will be held on the Isle of Wight tonight (Monday).

"She could have recalled parliament last week", the veteran peace campaigner said on Sunday.

Similar demonstrations were also organized in Cambridge, Exeter, Aberystwyth, Milton Keynes, Southampton, Minehead, Plymouth, Orkney, Isle of Wight, Swansea and Bristol.

Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, had said Sunday on CBS's Face the Nation that details of fresh economic sanctions would be announced on Monday.

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