Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Medicine | By Douglas Stevenson

United Kingdom opposition leader says no legal basis for attack on Syria

United Kingdom opposition leader says no legal basis for attack on Syria

He said there is no doubt the Syrian government is responsible, and it had "crossed a red line".

Konashenkov said that Russian Federation knew "for sure" that between April 3-6, the White Helmets - a group which helps civilians in opposition-held territory in Syria - were "under severe pressure specifically from London to produce as quickly as possible this pre-planned provocation".

May said the missile strike was created to minimize any civilian casualties and was not an attempt to change the Syrian government.

The strikes, in collaboration with the United States and France, are in response to an alleged chemical attack on the Syrian town of Douma last week.

The Prime Minister explained: "I have taken this decision because I believe it is the right thing to do".

Although the British government on Saturday defended its decision to join the US -led military strikes on Syria without consulting Parliament first, British opinion leaders immediately questioned about the Whitehall's legal justification of such a military action.

May has repeatedly said that the missile strike on Syria was not about "regime change".

In her comments, May also alluded to a nerve agent attack in Britain last month on a former Russian spy and his daughter.

May said the aim was to deter the Syrian regime authorities from further use of chemical weapons and to send a message to the wider world that it was unacceptable to use such weapons.

May said Britain and the West had an obligation to deter both Assad and others from using chemical weapons after the poison gas attack in Douma near Damascus killed up to 75 people including children.

Britain's defense ministry said "very careful scientific analysis" had been applied to maximize the destruction of stockpiled chemicals while minimizing any risk of contamination to surrounding areas.

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

Trump said strikes on Syria are under way.

British Prime Minister Theresa May described the strike as "limited and targeted".

He tweeted: "I firmly support the military action taken in Syria".

Britain and its allies accuse Damascus of carrying out the suspected attack on Douma and are considering military action against Syria in response.

"As we have seen in the past, inaction has its consequences - so PM right to join forces with our allies to take targeted & appropriate action".

In a statement Friday night, U.S. President Donald Trump outlined strikes being carried out against the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad after a chemical weapon attack earlier in the week.

Mrs May said chemical weapons had "all too often" been used in recent times.

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