Theresa May faces Parliament over Syria strikes

Lester Mason
April 18, 2018

Rees said if British government carry on further military strikes, they would definitely call national demonstration like they did to protest the Iraq war in 2003, which was the biggest demonstration in British history.

On Monday, May defended her decision to bypass parliament with her decision to join the action in retaliation for a suspected gas attack she has blamed on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Sites near Damascus and Homs were hit on Saturday by the US, French and United Kingdom in response to the alleged chemical attack on Douma on 7 April.

"The opposition does not operate helicopters or use barrel bombs".

Jean-Luc Melenchon, head of the hard-left France Unbowed party, also condemned the strikes, while the leader of the centre-right Republicans party, Laurent Wauquiez, said he "did not believe in punitive strikes".

London citizen Dick Wingfield said he is angry about what his country is doing as there is no evidence to support the Western powers-alleged use of chemical weapons by Syrian government.

Speaking to the BBC, Johnson said what he described as the successful strikes on three sites in Syria were a message from the world that enough was enough, but acknowledged he could not say whether Assad still had chemical weapons.

'All indications were this was a chemical weapons attack'.

He said Syrian and Russian officials who met the OPCW team in Damascus told them "that there were still pending security issues to be worked out before any deployment could take place".

Asked whether he would back a vote at the end of Monday's debate, opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told the BBC: "Yes I would, because I think parliament should have a say in this and the prime minister could quite easily have done that".

In Britain's House of Commons, much of Monday's scheduled business was scrapped for an emergency debate on the airstrikes that stretched late into the evening.

'This was not about intervening in a civil war and it was not about regime change, ' she said.

French prime minister Edouard Philippe also justified the military action in a speech on Monday to the National Assembly, France's lower house of parliament. Under the French Constitution, the government must inform the parliament, but a vote is requested only if a military intervention is expected to last more than four months. He said this on Monday before the meeting of foreign Ministers of the European Union in Luxembourg.

"It was about a limited, targeted and effective strike that sought to alleviate the humanitarian suffering of the Syrian people by degrading the Syrian regime's chemical weapons capability and deterring their use".

"There is the need to give a push to the UN-led process", Mogherini said.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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