British PM says no alternative to use of force in Syria

May also alluded to a nerve agent attack in Britain last month on a former Russian spy and his daughterMore

"There is no proof that the Assad regime is responsible for the chemical attack on civilians", Batten said, referring to the Syrian government headed by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Corbyn, a veteran anti-war campaigner, said he had written to May to ask her to publish in full the legal advice she had received prior to taking action.

She said the strikes were "right and legal" to "prevent further humanitarian crisis".

The Prime Minister explained: "I have taken this decision because I believe it is the right thing to do".

May added Britain and its allies had sought to use every diplomatic means to stop the use of chemical weapons, but had been repeatedly thwarted, citing a Russian veto of an independent investigation into the Douma attack at the U.N. Security Council this week. "It is not about regime change", May said in a statement.

In her comments, May also alluded to a nerve agent attack in Britain last month on a former Russian spy and his daughter.

May said that the goal of the strike was to "degrade and deter" the Syrian regime in its use of chemical weapons.

"We can not allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalised - within Syria, on the streets of the United Kingdom, or anywhere else in our world", she said.

"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." she asserted.

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"I think it is right that the global community has come together and said we will not accept this", she added.

Many politicians in Britain, including some in May's own Conservative Party, had called for parliament to be recalled from a break to give authority to any military strike.

He also did not rule out future military action.

The targets included a Syrian center in the greater Damascus area for the research, development, production, and testing of chemical and biological weaponry as well as a chemical weapons storage facility near the city of Homs.

Mrs May said chemical weapons had "all too often" been used in recent times.

President Trump said the three allies had "marshaled their righteous power against barbarism and brutality".

May is not obliged to win parliament's approval before ordering military action, but a non-binding constitutional convention to do so has been established since a 2003 vote on joining the USA -led invasion of Iraq.

Igor Konashenkov, a Russian defense ministry spokesman, said: "We have ... evidence that proves Britain was directly involved in organizing this provocation".