Western missile attack on Syria was 'right and legal', May says

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

She explained a storage facility, military bunker and a chemical weapons research facility were among the targets of a join operation with the United States and France's military.

In a statement Mrs May said that the Syrian regime had demonstrated a "persistent pattern of behaviour" when it came to the use of chemical weapons, that "must be stopped".

"This is not about intervening in a civil war".

In a briefing at Downing Street on Saturday morning, May said she would have preferred an alternative path, instead of punitive strikes but that there was none available.

Theresa May said "everything possible" was done to deter civilian casualties.

"While the full assessment of the strike is ongoing, we are confident of its success", she added.

But May said intelligence pointed to the Syrian government being behind the suspected chemical attack on the rebel-held Damascus suburb of Douma last Saturday, and Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said speed was "essential".

"I think it is right that the worldwide community has come together and said we will not accept this", she added.

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Britain's defence ministry said in a statement that four British Tornado jets had fired Storm Shadow missiles at the Syrian base 24 km west of Homs at 0100 GMT.

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       May Strikes are not about regime change
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Britain's defense ministry said "very careful scientific analysis" had been applied to maximize the destruction of stockpiled chemicals while minimizing any risk of contamination to surrounding areas.

The UK has begun air strikes against Syrian chemical weapons sites.

She also said it had been "right and legal" to take action.

Parliament is not due to reconvene until Monday, following its Easter recess.

He also did not rule out future military action.

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".

But they backed action in Iraq the following year, and again in Syria in 2015, strictly limiting strikes to targets of the Islamic State group.

Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain's Labour Party, speaks at the launch of their local election campaign, in London, April 9, 2018.

"This legally questionable action risks escalating further.an already devastating conflict", he said, adding that May should have sought parliamentary approval.

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