May says Syria strikes send 'clear message' on chemical weapons

Lester Mason
April 16, 2018

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

May said the missile strike, created to minimize civilian casualties, was aimed at deterring further use of chemical weapons and was not an attempt to topple the Syrian government.

She declined to say whether Bashar al-Assad should stay in power and said talks with allies would continue on finding a political solution to the civil war.

"Important infrastructure was destroyed which will result in a setback for the Syrian regime", Mattis said.

"The government should do whatever possible to push Russian Federation and the United States to agree to an independent UN-led investigation of last weekend's horrific chemical weapons attack so that those responsible can be held to account", he added.

"We can not allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalised - within Syria, on the streets of the United Kingdom, or anywhere else in our world", she said.

French President Emmanuel Macron said the strikes had been limited so far to Syria's chemical weapons facilities.

"And the world said "enough" to the use of such weapons". Russian Federation and Syria claim the attack was fabricated.

"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.

The opposition leader questioned the prime minister's statement that the Syria attack is "right and legal".

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

The strikes were in retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons attack in Douma, near Damascus.

Many politicians in Britain, including some in May's own Conservative Party, had called for parliament to be recalled from a break to give authority to any military strike.

"We are reassured that the military action is strictly targeted and limited in its goal". Some 36 percent were in favour of the military action.

She said that at an emergency cabinet meeting in London on Thursday "we agreed that it was both right and legal to take military action" after hearing legal advice.

He reiterated that Canada condemns the use of chemical weapons in Ghouta.

Shortly after the military strikes were launched, Scotland's first minister Nicola Sturgeon said United Kingdom foreign policy should be set by Parliament and not Donald Trump after the U.S., United Kingdom and France bombed targets in Syria.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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