May defends airstrikes against Assad after ‘inhumane atrocity’ | News


Theresa May defended the legality of strikes she authorised without parliamentary approval against the Syrian regime, describing the Douma gas attacks as an atrocity.

In her first Commons statement since Saturday’s action she said it was right to punish the “utterly haunting” use of chemical weapons that killed at least 75 people including children.

“Innocent families — seeking shelter in underground bunkers — found dead with foam in their mouths, burns to their eyes and their bodies surrounded by a chlorine-like odour. Children gasping for life as chemicals choked their lungs. The fact that such an atrocity can take place in our world today is a stain on our humanity,” she said.

Diane Abbott, Jeremy Corbyn and Tom Watson on the Labour front bench yesterday, which was criticised by its own MPs for opposing the prime minister.pixel GRG

Mrs May faces a vote today as MPs from all sides insisted that…

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