Syria airstrikes: Full text of British PM Theresa May on military action

"This must be stopped".

"A combined operation with the armed forces of France and the United Kingdom is now underway".

She insisted the attack, which saw stormshadow missiles being used on foreign soil, was "right and legal".

"The facility which was struck is located some distance from any known concentrations of civilian habitation, reducing yet further any such risk", the MoD said in a statement. It followed claims Assad launched a chemical attack in Douma last week.

Pollack suspects that the Syrian regime and Iran won't retaliate against the US because they are ascendant on a battlefield that Trump has promised to leave, and they won't want to engage in any action that could prevent a USA departure that would amount to a big win for them.

Syrian air defences responded to the joint strikes by the United States, France and Britain. We hit the sites, the heart of the chem-weapons program. "As always, they have served our country with the greatest professionalism and bravery, and we owe them a huge debt of gratitude".

"Nobody should doubt British resolve", she added.

Nato Secretary General Jen Stoltenberg tweeted support for the strikes, saying those who use chemical weapons "must be held accountable".

"We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences", he said.

"This massacre was a significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very awful regime", he said of the suspected deadly gas attack a week ago on the rebel-held Damascus suburb of Douma.

Russian Federation has claimed that none of its forces were injured in the attacks and that Syrian air defences shot down numerous missiles.

Parly said cruise missiles were fired and an air raid was launched from multiple air bases in France, the AP reported.

The French military has said it does not believe any of its missiles were intercepted.

"These are crimes of a monster", said Trump, adding that Bashar al-Assad's "recent attack... are a direct result of Russia's failure..."

Following the strikes, Russian Federation called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to address the military campaign.

Smoke rises after airstrikes targeting different parts of the Syrian capital Damascus.

The French presidency issued a video on Twitter showing what it said were war planes taking off as part of the intervention.

After such harsh rhetoric towards Russian Federation as well as these strikes, Trump can now argue that he simply could not have colluded with Moscow only to bomb its interests in Syria. He again spoke to Trump after the attacks were launched, an aide said.

"If I had been a member of Theresa May's cabinet, I would have supported the decision she and her colleagues took".

Making the case for military action, the document further stated: "The UK is permitted under global law, on an exceptional basis, to take measures in order to alleviate overwhelming humanitarian suffering... there is convincing evidence, generally accepted by the worldwide community as a whole, of extreme humanitarian distress on a large scale, requiring immediate and urgent relief".

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation said it would hold a special meeting on Saturday, where the US, UK and France would brief other member states.

"My thoughts are with our fearless servicemen and women who have been called to duty".

"But I believe it should also be a message to others that the global community is not going to stand by and allow chemical weapons to be used with impunity".

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