Syrians Celebrate, OPCW to Continue Chemical Weapon Probe

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 16, 2018

"International law only allows to use force in self-defense or under a Security Council mandate", an embassy press officer said, commenting on the UK's clarification of its legal position, which claimed that the legal basis for the strikes against Syria was "humanitarian intervention".

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has been "working in close collaboration" with United Nations security experts "to assess the situation and ensure the safety of the team", it said.

"America does not seek an indefinite presence in Syria", he said, thanking the United Kingdom and France for joining the USA in its fight against the Syrian regime.

A series of missile strikes were launched last night against Syria by the US, UK and France in response to the suspected chemical weapons attack in Douma a week ago.

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

"This is not about intervening in a civil war". Russian Federation and Syria claim the attack was fabricated.

He attacked the Assad regime for "deploying chemical weapons to slaughter innocent civilians", referring to the alleged atrocity in Douma last Saturday. "Yet... the worldwide community is not convinced that a chemical attack took place in Douma, and wants to see the results of the ongoing OPCW investigation... to say that "there is no practicable alternative to the use of force if lives are to be saved" is hypocritical, to say the least", the statement says.

May said the strikes would "send a clear signal to anyone else who believes they can use chemical weapons with impunity". "This massacre was a significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very bad regime", Trump alleged.

"We have sought to use every possible diplomatic channel to achieve this", the prime minister said.

Many politicians in Britain, including some in May's own Conservative Party, had called for parliament to be recalled from a break to give authority to any military strike.

British Prime Minister Theresa May described the strike as "limited and targeted".

He also did not rule out future military action. Some 36 percent were in favour of the military action.

"Bombing can not substitute for diplomacy", he said. "It is not about regime change", May said in statement made from her country residence at Chequers just minutes after U.S. President Donald Trump announced the strikes from the White House.

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