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British PM recalls ministers for emergency meeting, weighs Syria action

British PM recalls ministers for emergency meeting, weighs Syria action

Defending Britain's decision to join the operation, British Prime Minister Theresa May said: "This is the first time as Prime Minister that I have had to take the decision to commit our armed forces in combat - and it is not a decision I have taken lightly".

According to the statement, May described the attack as a "shocking and barbaric act which killed up to 75 people, including children, in the most appalling and inhumane way".

"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".

May recalled the ministers from their Easter holiday for a special cabinet meeting in Downing Street later today to discuss Britain's response to what she has cast as a barbaric attack that can not go unchallenged.

Britain struck Syria with air-launched cruise missiles on Saturday to cripple President Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons facilities and prevent what Prime Minister Theresa May cast as a global slide towards their greater use.

Meanwhile, Russia has called for a UN Security Council meeting on Syria on Friday. Earlier, Syria's ambassador to the United Nations, Bashar Jaafari, told reporters in NY that those investigators were to arrive Thursday and Friday.

The Syrian regime and Iran-backed foreign terrorists have begun evacuating military sites in Damascus and Homs in advance of a possible USA military assault, Anadolu Agency correspondents based in the area reported Thursday.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that a looming missile strike would be counterproductive and attempted to dissuade the United States from launching countermeasures.

Jaish al-Islam fighter Saleh Ibrahim, 26, said he was not optimistic that Saturday's air strikes would have any long-term impact on Syria's seven-year war. The statements, reviewed by the Associated Press, claim that people with video cameras came into the hospital and caused a "panic" by yelling about chemical weapons, but that there were no actual victims suffering from chemical injuries.

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

The latest developments on the ongoing chemical weapons programme in Syria, will surely lead to many disagreements with Russian Federation and Vladimir Putin who have knowingly given their support to al-Assad and his regime.

Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said parliament should be consulted before May approved military action.

"They agreed it was vital that the use of chemical weapons did not go unchallenged, and on the need to deter the further use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime".

The objective of our actions tonight is to establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread, and use of chemical weapons.

Trump has long criticised his predecessor Barack Obama for failing to enforce a previous U.S. "red line" in 2013 after earlier chemical attacks blamed on Assad´s forces.

On April 7 there was a suspected chemical weapons attack in the Syrian town of Douma. So there is no practicable alternative to the use of force to degrade and deter the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian Regime.

A further chemical weapons equipment storage site also in the region of Homs.

The measure would instruct the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to report within 30 days on whether Syria has fully disclosed its chemical weapons stockpile.

Asked what chemicals were used in the weekend attack, Mattis confirmed that chlorine gas had been used and did not rule out the nerve agent sarin.