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British ministers back action to deter Syrian chemical weapon use

British ministers back action to deter Syrian chemical weapon use

British Prime Minister Theresa May holds an emergency cabinet meeting Thursday amid speculation she will back USA action against Syria, despite divisions in a country still haunted by its involvement in the US-led invasion of Iraq.

Earlier, the BBC said May would not seek prior parliamentary approval for joining military action because she favoured taking action soon.

This image released by the Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets, shows a child receiving oxygen through respirators following an alleged poison gas attack in the rebel-held town of Douma, near Damascus, Syria.

Washington D.C. [USA], April 14 (ANI): The US Department of State on Friday announced that the United Kingdom was not involved in the Syrian chemical attack that took place on April 7 while blaming Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad for the same.

Britain's government weighed the possibility of military action against Syria on Thursday, agreeing the "need to take action" despite polls showing the public remains wary of military intervention.

Later, May's office said she had spoken with Trump by telephone, and the two had agreed it was vital to challenge Assad's use of chemical weapons, and that they would continue to work closely together to do so.

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Corbyn has said any action in Syria should be put to a parliamentary vote.

A separate YouGov survey on Thursday found 61 percent of people think it would be necessary for parliament to vote on military action against Syria, with just 18 percent saying it was not necessary and 21 percent undecided. Downing Street spokesmen repeatedly declined to comment on that report.

Britain has been launching air strikes in Syria from its military base in Cyprus, but only against targets linked to the Islamic State militant group.

Prime Minister Theresa May has condemned the suspected chemical attack in Syria calling it "shocking and barbaric".

May has said "all indications" point to Syrian responsibility for the attack.

Other members of May's Conservative party have urged restraint in a highly fraught situation.