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Jeremy Corbyn responds to Britain attacking Syria: "Bombs won't bring about peace"
15 April 2018, 04:22 | Erica Roy
Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Jeremy Corbyn wants the PM to publish the legal justification for air strikes
Pressed on whether there were any circumstances in which Labour would back military action in Syria, Ms Abbott said: "What we are interested in is an end to the violence and we don't believe that further bombing, in this situation, will bring an end to the violence".
"Bombs won't save lives or bring about peace", he said, adding that Britain should be leading the response and "not taking instructions from Washington and putting British military personnel in harm's way".
The Labour leader warned that military intervention against President Bashar al-Assad's regime in the wake of a devastating chemical weapons attack on the rebel-held town of Douma risked escalating an already devastating conflict.
In Britain, opposition is building up to any British involvement in military strikes in Syria, particularly without the issue being taken to Parliament first.
Corbyn continued: "Theresa May should have sought parliamentary approval, not trailed after Donald Trump".
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has accused the Government of "waiting for instructions" from United States president Donald Trump on what to do over Syria.
President Trump spoke to the prime minister on Thursday evening, and the pair agreed that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had "established a pattern of risky behaviour in relation to the use of chemical weapons".
The Prime Minister said she judged the operation to be in Britain's national interest, adding that there was "no practicable alternative to the use of force".
"The Prime Minister could and should have recalled Parliament this week and sought the approval of MPs before proceeding".
In a subsequent tweet on Thursday, the USA president said an attack on Syria "could be very soon or not so soon at all". In 2013, MPs voted down British military action against the Assad regime and the latest incident raised questions over whether they should be allowed another vote.
The legal argument will form the centrepiece of Mr Corbyn's attack on the Government's handling of the issue when MPs return on Monday after the Easter recess.
She told reporters: "The action that took place last night was an action which was focused on degrading and deterring the operational capability and the willingness of the Syrian regime to continue to use chemical weapons".
The government said it is "highly likely" that Assad is responsible for the Douma attack, with ministers agreeing "it was vital that the use of chemical weapons did not go unchallenged".
"There have been many instances when we have seen them using those chemical weapons".