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May says action 'moral and legal'

04:15 Tue Apr 17, 2018


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Theresa May has said it was “legally and morally right” for the UK to join air strikes against the Syrian regime to prevent “further human suffering”.

She told MPs there was “clear evidence” the Assad government was behind the Douma chemical weapons attack.

The UK had “explored every diplomatic channel” in response but regrettably decided there was no alternative to “limited, carefully targeted action”.

But Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the action was “legally questionable”.

Calling on Mrs May to publish the legal advice in full, Mr Corbyn said the government must be “accountable to this Parliament and not to the whims of this US President”.

He questioned who was responsible for the attack, saying that while it was “highly likely” the Assad regime was behind it, other groups had carried out similar attacks and weapons inspectors must continue their work.

Sites near Damascus and Homs were hit on Saturday by the US, French and UK in response to the alleged chemical attack on Douma on 7 April.

Both Syria, which denies any chemical use, and Russia, which provides military support to the Syrian government, have reacted angrily to the action.

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