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UK's May says Syria chemical weapons can't go unchallenged

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moved closer today to committing Britain to military action against Syria, saying "all the indications" are that Bashar Assad's forces were behind a attack in Douma.

A day earlier, May had said Britain was still assessing who was responsible.

Today, May said Britain had been working with allies "to get an understanding of what happened on the ground. We are rapidly reaching that understanding."

"All the indications are that the Syrian regime was responsible," she said during a visit to the city of

"And we will be working with our closest allies on how we can ensure that those who are responsible are held to account and how we can prevent and deter the humanitarian catastrophe that comes from the use of in the future."

The US, and Britain have been consulting about launching a military strike within days, and tweeted Wednesday that missiles "will be coming."

May has not confirmed whether Britain will participate directly, but moved closer to it Wednesday, saying "the continued use of cannot go unchallenged."

She condemned for vetoing a resolution calling for a new body to determine responsibility for the attack, saying it meant "there can be no role now for investigations by the "

May does not legally require Parliament's backing for military action, though it is conventional for lawmakers to be given the chance to vote. is in recess until Monday, though it could be recalled for an emergency debate.

In 2013, Parliament defeated a call by then-for air strikes in response to an in

Some lawmakers have expressed reservations about taking military action now, but others have come to believe the 2013 vote was a mistake.

Emma Reynolds, whose party helped defeat Cameron's planned 2013 strike, said failing to act then had set a "dangerous precedent".

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First Published: Wed, April 11 2018. 22:10 IST