United Kingdom decision on Syria must be made carefully, based on evidence -minister

United Kingdom decision on Syria must be made carefully, based on evidence -minister

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May gives a press conference at Downing Street in central London on April 14, 2018, following British military action against Syria. That is what our country has always done. "The use of chemical weapons can not go unchallenged".

"This massacre was a significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very bad regime", he said. We are acting together with our American and French allies.

The emergency Cabinet meeting came amid rising worldwide tension following the attack on the rebel-held town of Douma in Syria on Saturday which Western intelligence is convinced involved chemical weapons.

Only 5% adhere to the Russian version of events that there probably wasn't a chemical attack and the claims are "fabrications".

Earlier on Saturday, UK defence secretary Gavin Williamson also described the air strikes as a "highly successful mission", adding that the UK, France and America had played an important role in "degrading the ability of the Syrian regime to use chemical weapons".

Former Prime Minister David Cameron lost a parliamentary vote on air strikes against Assad's forces in 2013 when 30 Conservative lawmakers voted against action, with many Britons wary of entering another conflict after intervention in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya failed to bring stability to the region.

'And a significant body of information including intelligence indicates the Syrian regime is responsible for this latest attack.

'We have sought to use every possible diplomatic channel to achieve this.

"But our efforts have been repeatedly thwarted".

The United States accused the Syrian government on Friday of using banned chemical arms at least 50 times since Syria's civil war began seven years ago - far higher than the number of attacks that had been publicly confirmed.

In a statement issued by the Kremlin, the Russian leader says Moscow is calling an emergency meeting of the United Nations' Security Council over the strike launched by the U.S., Britain and France.

Bashar al-Assad regime forces struck targets in Eastern Ghouta's Douma district on Saturday midnight using a poisonous gas which left at least 78 civilians dead, according to the White Helmets, a local civil defense agency. It is not about regime change.

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

May said while the strike was targeted at Syria, it sent a message to anyone who used chemical weapons.

"My thoughts are with our fearless servicemen and women who have been called to duty".

'The speed with which we are acting is essential in co-operating with our partners to alleviate further humanitarian suffering and to maintain the vital security of our operations.

"But I believe it should also be a message to others that the global community is not going to stand by and allow chemical weapons to be used with impunity". 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. "We must reinstate the global consensus that chemical weapons can not be used", she said.