UK Cabinet Considering Military Action In Syria
Russian military police have started patrolling the site of last weekend's alleged chemical attack in Syria.
Syrian government forces have regained full control of the city as the international community considers its response.
Some 70 people were killed and up to 500 more injured in the attack on the city of Douma in the Eastern Ghouta countryside outside Damascus over the weekend.
Tensions increased further yesterday after US President Donald Trump warned Russia to “get ready” for a missile strike in the war-torn country.
Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and “smart!” You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 11, 2018
Last night however, the White House said the president was still assessing the American response – with all options remaining on the table.
Moscow and the Syrian regime deny that the gas attack took place or that either regime was involved.
The British Prime Minister Theresa May, 11-04-2018. Image: Christopher Furlong/PA Wire/PA Images
The British Prime Minister Theresa May has called emergency meeting of her cabinet amid reports she is ready to give the green light for the UK to join any military action.
French President Emanuel Macron has called for a “strong, united and resolute” response.
Mrs May is expected to ask her cabinet to approve some level of British participation in military action, led by France and the US, aimed at Syrian President Bashar al Assad's chemical weapons infrastructure.
It appears the British Parliament will not be consulted ahead of the UK action - which could potentially start within hours of Cabinet approval.
Russia has threatened to respond firmly to any military action against the Syrian Government.