Parliament to debate United Kingdom participation in Syrian airstrikes

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But she avoided answering questions on her future strategy for Syria, on whether parliament would be consulted on any further strikes and ignored demands by Corbyn for a War Powers Act to limit the government's power to launch military action.

"And we can not wait to alleviate further humanitarian suffering caused by chemical weapons attacks. The Syrian government effectively made it very hard for the resident population to reach ambulances and rescue teams, forced residents to seek shelter from heavy barrel bomb attacks, and then carried out airstrikes suspected to have contained poisonous gas", the organization said in a report released after the attack.

UNSC-mandated inspectors have investigated previous attacks and on four occasions decided that the regime was indeed responsible.

"I wish my front bench would spend even a fraction of the energy on Assad and Russia's grotesque slaughter of civilians as they are on inventing new reasons to oppose targeted United Kingdom intervention to stop it", he said.

Opposition lawmakers are questioning the legality of her action, as the government customarily obtains parliamentary approval before using force.

Corbyn said May should remember she "is accountable to this Parliament, not to the whims of the USA president". Multiple open source reports and intelligence indicates that regime helicopters operated over Douma on the evening of 7th April, shortly before reports emerged in social media of a chemical attack.

In her post-strikes speech, Theresa May made a reference to the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Britain, saying that the military action in Syria "will also send a clear signal to anyone else who believes they can use chemical weapons with impunity".

May responded to Corbyn's criticism by saying the government had published the legal basis for intervention. He blamed the allies' airstrikes for hampering OPCW's efforts.

On April 14, the U.K.in coordination with the USA and France conducted a series of military strikes against the regime of Bashar al-Assad after it accused the latter of being responsible for the chemical weapons attack on Douma, Eastern Ghouta on April 7th.

At a meeting of European Union foreign ministers in Luxembourg on Monday, he again said the strikes were not aimed at regime change in Syria, but rather sent the message that the world has "had enough of the use of chemical weapons". The same poll said people were split equally in answering whether the government was right not to seek permission from the parliament prior to the airstrikes jointly held with the USA and France. He said that, although evidence pointed to the Syrian government's responsibility for last week's attack in Douma, other actors in the country's civil war had also used chemical weapons.

"The US tries to undermine the credibility the fact-finding mission in Syria even before it arrives at Douma".

May denied acting at the behest of the U.S.

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