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Theresa May's Statement on the Syria Strike

14 April 2018, 11:22 | Melissa Porter

Image Four RAF Tornados contributed to the strikes

Akrotiri Cyprus. The British Parilament voted 397 to 223 yesterday in favor of joining international airstrikes in Syria

President Macron insisted France play a key role in the attacks, after Syria crossed the "red line" he set out in May previous year by using chemical weaponry again.

Corbyn, a veteran anti-war campaigner, said he had written to May to ask her to publish in full the legal advice she had received prior to taking action.

"We have hit a specific and limited set of targets", she said.

"I want to state categorically ... that Britain has no involvement and would never have any involvement in the use of a chemical weapon", she said, the Guardian reported.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said that four RAF Tornado jets were deployed to launch missiles at a Syrian military facility.

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.

She added that she would address parliament on Monday.

US Defense Secretary, James Mattis, said the strikes were a "one-time shot" to send a clear message to President Bashar al-Assad and his "murderous lieutenants".

A statement by French President Emmanuel Macron said many people were killed or injured in the suspected chemical attack.

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       May Strikes are not about regime change
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The air strikes were in retaliation for an alleged chemical attack in Douma earlier this week, which saw horrific images of its aftermath broadcast worldwide.

May said the strikes would "also send a clear signal to anyone else who believes they can use chemical weapons with impunity".

"I have done so because I judge this action to be in Britain's national interest", she added. "We can not allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalized - within Syria, on the streets of the United Kingdom, or anywhere else in our world".

The targets included a Syrian center in the greater Damascus area for the research, development, production, and testing of chemical and biological weaponry as well as a chemical weapons storage facility near the city of Homs.

Trump said strikes on Syria are under way.

Meanwhile, Britain's main opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn described the USA -led military strikes on Syria jointly staged by three leading Western countries as a "legally questionable action", saying that the British government should "not taking instructions from Washington".

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

Igor Konashenkov, a Russian defense ministry spokesman, said: "We have ... evidence that proves Britain was directly involved in organizing this provocation".




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