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UK backs US military action on Syria

IANS  |  Washington 

The has signaled that it was ready to back US military action against Syria, saying it was "highly likely" the Assad regime used on its own people and that such action could not go unchallenged.

British Theresa May's senior ministers agreed on the need for action at a Cabinet meeting on Thursday, but did not specify what measures the UK would take, reports

The ministers said there was a need to "deter the further use of by the Assad regime", and alleviate the humanitarian situation, a statement said.

According to the statement, May described the on Douma in Eastern Ghouta as a "shocking and barbaric act which killed up to 75 people, including children, in the most appalling and inhumane way".

Britain would work with the US and to coordinate an international response, it added.

May spoke with on Thursday night about the international response to Syria, and they "agreed that the Assad regime had established a pattern of dangerous behaviour in relation to the use of chemical weapons", according to the

Earlier on Thursday, Syrian warned the West against attacking Syria, saying accusations about the suspected on Douma were "fabricated".

French claimed that the country had "proof" the Assad regime used in Douma and would support any US action.

has sent mixed messages on Washington's readiness to act, reports

On Wednesday, appeared to suggest airstrikes were imminent, warning Russia, Syria's key ally, to "get ready" for military action.

But after being criticized for apparently telegraphing US intentions, on Thursday attempted to blur the timing of any potential airstrikes on

Meanwhile, has called for a meeting on on Friday.

Earlier on Thursday, the Russian to the UN, Vassily Nebenzia, said that he believes any strike against would violate the UN charter.

--IANS

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First Published: Fri, April 13 2018. 08:52 IST
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