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Syria strikes send 'clear message' on chemical weapons: British PM

Apr 14. 2018
Syrian soldiers and civilians wave national flags and hold photos of Syrian President Bashar Assad during a gathering in Umayyad square in Damascus, Syria, 14 April 2018. EPA-EFE
Syrian soldiers and civilians wave national flags and hold photos of Syrian President Bashar Assad during a gathering in Umayyad square in Damascus, Syria, 14 April 2018. EPA-EFE
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By Agence France-Presse
London

Air strikes by Britain, France and the United States in Syria sent a "clear message" against the use of chemical weapons, British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Saturday.

"This collective action sends a clear message that the international community will not stand by and tolerate the use of chemical weapons," May told a press conference.

She said that at an emergency cabinet meeting in London on Thursday "we agreed that it was both right and legal to take military action" after hearing legal advice.

"I believe that the action taken will have significantly degraded the Syrian regime's ability to use chemical weapons," she said.

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

Four British fighter jets struck a military base near Homs where Britain said Syrian government forces were holding chemical weapon components.

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

Asked why she had proceeded without consulting parliament, May cited operational security consideration.

"It was right to take the action that we have done in the timing that we have done," she said.

May said she would address parliament on Monday about the strikes.

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